Maria Murillo has been teaching Math at the Alternative Arapahoe Ridge High School for the past 15 years. She teaches mainly sophomores, juniors and seniors who are over-age, under credits, and ranging in age from 15 - 19. On average, there are 15 students in her class. For the last 7 years, she has also led Summer Learning programs for primarily at-risk Elementary level students ranging in age from 6 - 11, and with an average of 200 students at the site. This year, she was asked to serve as Dean of Students at the school of choice, New Vista High School with a population of about 350 students. Maria is an active advocate and leader who has worked in various committees at the school, district, and community level with the ultimate goal of supporting and advancing the most under-served populations, and minority groups.
Maria received a bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Miami, a PhD in Numerical Computation from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2002, and an Administrative Leadership and Policies Studies Certificate from CU-Denver in 2015. Maria's hobbies include traveling, biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and dancing.
The title of Maria's inquiry project is Alternative Methods in the Greek Educational System and their Effect on Under-Served Populations, which will look at the various components of the Greek educational system (General schools, Experimental schools, Vocational schools, Multicultural schools, and Vocational Training schools), with the aim of observing best practices for supporting students that come from under-served populations and/or those affected by trauma that can be implemented in Colorado schools.
Scholarships for US and Greek Citizens
Educational Advising / Study in the USA
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