Maria Peterson, NBCT

Maria Peterson earned her bachelor’s degree from Inter American University of Puerto Rico and her Master’s degree from Bowie State University in Maryland. Maria is a native speaker, raised in Puerto Rico by Cuban parents. She has been teaching in the same school system for 28 years. Maria has taught elementary school, middle school, and now high school. She is a National Board Certified Teacher since 2013 and recertified in 2021. She has been an AP Reader since 2018. As a Spanish teacher, she wants her students to not only learn about the language but also the culture, the people, and the wonderful things the Spanish world has to offer. She wants students to be open to other cultures and people. Living in Puerto Rico for the first 18 years of her life has made her appreciate how great diversity is for all of us. She lives in Columbia, MD with her husband Steve, a Golf Professional, her two youngest boys (ages 15, 19), and their three dogs. Their oldest daughter (Anna, 22) attends DePaul University in Chicago and will graduate this March with an art teaching degree

From Teacher to Hunter

January 24, 2022

By: Maria Peterson, NBCT I’m a Spanish teacher in Montgomery County, MD. Our 160,000 students come from more than 50 countries and represent hundreds of languages and cultures. This diversity is one of the reasons the district has been an ideal place for me to teach for more than 28 years. Coming from the small island of Puerto Rico, I was ready for the range of perspectives in a large district. Though I’ve faced challenges in my nearly three decades of teaching, I wasn’t fully prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic when I went virtual. Though I have developed great skill…

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