Mrs. Maria J. Fierro-Treviño loves to travel. Visiting Spanish-speaking countries brings her greatest satisfaction. It’s impossible for her to choose one location as each city has its own special attraction. She loves to visit Spain, but is completely fascinated by pre-Columbian archeological sites in Mexico and Central America. She has yet to visit sites in Guatemala, but it is definitely on her “to visit” list. This fall she will be visiting Cadiz, Málaga, Valencia, and Barcelona in Spain and on the list as well are Lisbon, Portugal and Casa Blanca, Morocco.
Maria has been an educator for 39 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Maria is certified to teach Spanish and French in grades 6-12 and holds a K-12 Supervisor Certification. Maria taught Spanish for 17 years before becoming the first Instructional Specialist for International Languages in Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX.
In 2002, she was offered the position of Assistant Director for Languages other than English (LOTE) at the Texas Education Agency and assumed the position of Director of LOTE the following year. Maria retired from the agency in 2008 and has continued working as an educational consultant for languages.
As a consultant, Maria has developed assessments for Fans de Español (Santillana levels 1 and 2), evaluated online courses for the Texas Virtual School Network, translated various documents for the Texas Education Agency and Education Service Center 13 in Austin, Texas and served as an auditor for Credit by Examinations for the University of Texas at Austin K-16 Education Center.
Last fall Maria visited Isla Roatán, an island off of the Honduran coast in the Caribbean Sea. During her trip she was able to visit a Garífuna Cultural Center and listen to an oral history of the Garífuna people. She was most impressed with the simplicity of the people and the pride they demonstrated with regards to their language and customs.
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