D. Ed, Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University, 2004
MA, Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University, 2000
BS, English Literature, Florida State University, 1972
Since the age of four I have always wanted to be a teacher. I love words and ideas, and since the age of sixteen, I knew that I wanted to work for God.
I received my BS degree from Florida State University. Yes, in my heart I am a Seminole.
I received my Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Nova Southeastern University in Educational leadership. I am very proud of these degrees because I remember that as a little girl, teachers used to say, “Don’t worry about little Maria, she can’t learn.” Thus, I have dedicated my Doctoral degree to Little Maria, because she CAN learn.
I believe that everything in life is relational, and in that old African Proverb, which sums it up, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It takes a village to live life.
I have taught elementary school, middle school, high school and college. I have had the greatest honor an educator can have, which is to build and principal a school from foundation to accreditation. I have served as the principal for both private and public schools. I have led them to become “A” grade schools. I have now chosen a different path. I want to dedicate my remining time to encourage, nurture and empower others to achieve their dreams.