Maria’s background includes 48 years as a teacher in both public and private schools. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Notre Dame College in St. Louis, Missouri and a Master’s Degree from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Her previous duties include; Department Chairperson, Grade Level Team Leader, and Coordinator/ Liaison for the ESOL program in the Broward District. She has also been responsible for developing curriculum to be utilized in summer programs and has participated in several textbook adoption committees. Maria retired from teaching in 2010, but continues to be involved in educational issues. Maria is now a volunteer at the school level, and assists with testing and general duties as needed.