Maria's career began teaching mathematics at the college level in 1986. Students were often scared of math and unsure of their abilities. Maria enjoyed empowering to learn mathematics in a way that worked for them. Students participated in group projects, written reflection, hands on learning, teaching each other, setting goals and plans, music, art, real life applications and a variety of other techniques so that each person could overcome their fears and find a way to master mathematics in their own way. Maria has been a leader at Orange County Community College to offer College Success Courses and Learning Communities, which help students to achieve success. Creating the SPARKS Inspiration Classes and Cards with Ann Bell has been a wonderful collaborative project! Teaching with a variety of tools has been effective when teaching Math, Yoga, College Success, Sparks Inspiration classes and keynote presentations! Each presentation is unique because the coordinator and audience's wants and needs are incorporated into each event.
Maria's curious nature lead her to study Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Reiki Energy Healing and IET, Integrated Energy Therapy. Combining all of her experience and intuition, she started creating inspirational classes to help people learn about themselves and live a life that brings them joy. Helping each author of SPARKS of Passions to publish their story is such an honor for Maria. These stories have the potential to inspire people around the world since there are stories of overcoming homelessness, addiction, poverty, caregiving responsibilities, trauma, grief, cancer, opression, illness and uncertainty.
Maria loves being the keynote speaker at inspiring events, bringing her humor, positive energy and healing to large groups of people. Know that Maria is always creating new ways to inspire people, so keep checking back on this website to see what is new.
Education and Training:
* Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with minor in Computer Science, Penn State University
* Masters of Education, George Washington University
* Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Certification
* Yoga Alliance Certification through Yoga-Fit
* Reiki Levels 1 and 2 through the Reiki Education Institute with my teacher Reverend Dechen Rheault
* IET: Integrated Energy Therapy Certification through the Advanced Level
* Numerous presentations using interactive techniques to engage her audience!