Maria is the Assistant Director at Fusion Academy Rockville. Born and raised in the DMV area, Maria moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to study communication and cinema at the University of Southern California. She was working for a voiceover talent agency shortly after graduation when a chance experience at the La Brea Tar Pits inspired her to toss aside her industry ambitions and start teaching media arts at a local all-girls high school. There she found her place among the unique pitfalls and the hopeful promises that lie before educators of the 21st century—the rest is history!
Maria is glad to have discovered Fusion Academy in 2015. She started her Fusion journey as an art and humanities teacher on the Pasadena campus before becoming their Director of Homework Cafe, a role she happily held for over four years. As DHC, she centered her vision on using compassion and humor to help students feel comfortable in their own skin. She firmly believes all students have identities worthy of celebration as they strive for excellence in their school work and prosperity in their social lives. As Assistant Director, she is excited to contribute that same spirit of balancing academic integrity and authentic, fun human relationships to the teachers and entire Fusion family of Rockville.
After hours, Maria loves goofing off with her friends and family. She can be found re-learning what she missed in the DMV area, catching up on her Hulu shows, and enjoying the quirky humanity of classic Americana. To know Maria is to know of her obsession with Back to the Future.