Maria moved to the United States from Medellin, Colombia in 2003. She holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from National University of Colombia. The birth of her son in 2005 sparked an interest in childhood education. She refocused her career path and received her Montessori Certificate at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (MECR) in 2010, and in 2011 finished all the requirements to get her Colorado teacher license. Maria has worked at Gilpin for the past six years, her first year as a paraprofessional. She loves teaching more every day. In her free time, Maria enjoys the gym, biking, swimming and spending time with her family.