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I am entering my 19th year as a public school teacher, grades 6 through 12. I have also been an assistant adjunct professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and as a distance learning professor for the same university. Prior to teaching I worked as an office manager in the executive field, and for 23 years I was responsible for all aspects of management for supervisors and business staff. I am also a former business owner.

I am ESOL and Reading endorsed and have tutored disadvantaged youths in preparation for state exams. My greatest accomplishment was organizing a before and after school tutoring program for young adolescents and ESOL adult students at a local community center, and I was instrumental in developing and implementing a Career Education program by networking with local business partners to give presentations at the middle school level. I am dedicated to serving individuals, organizations, families, and other groups who wish to improve their English skills.

I was born in Salzburg, Austria, and came to the USA when I was four months old. My father was active duty military; therefore, my formative years were spent at Ft. Sill, OK and Camp Darby, Italy, where I graduated from high school; however, I have been a long time resident of Florida.

My hobbies and interests are that I enjoy traveling, exercising, spending time with my grandchildren, doing arts/crafts, and abstract painting. I have an art studio in my home and have showcased my art at several festivals.

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Maria’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Palm Beach Atlantic University - Bachelors, Organizational Management

Graduate Degree: Nova Southeastern University - Masters, English

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Spelling Bee

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I have faith in the future. A good teacher knows and understands students, and in doing so constructs and transforms their own knowledge based on past experiences and prior learning. Understanding motivation and helping students to achieve at high levels is paramount to help shape their learning.

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