Maria began her career as a classroom teacher. She worked for several years at the Illinois State Board of Education. It was there that she first heard about the possibility of a statewide virtual school. She was excited to be chosen to support this program upon its creation in August 2000 and has been “hooked” on virtual learning ever since! She passionately supports the opportunities virtual learning can provide and is grateful for the amazing students, parents, school personnel and stakeholders with which she has had the pleasure to work.
Maria loves spending time with family (especially her wonderful grandchildren)! She also loves pets and crocheting. Incidentally, several years ago she met her husband through her involvement with the program! He was an online instructor, she was a staff member, and the rest is history!