Marie's interest in teaching came when both she and her husband were told that their youngest daughter would never learn above the second grade level. She was determined to see her daughter graduate from high school. This inspired her to attend Bowie State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a BS degree in Early Childhood and Special Education in 1994.
Marie continued her education and completed her Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist. She prepared herself and found a new, highly successful career teaching students with disabilities. She first taught in Washington, DC at a special education school for four years. Marie then went to Fairfax County Public Schools and worked there for the rest of her teaching career. Marie also is an adjunct professor at Prince Georges Community College working in the Teacher Education Department.
Marie's philosophy is that every child is capable of learning. Every child deserves a chance to succeed and her goal for the children at Ss. Constantine & Helen School is to have every child prepared when entering kindergarten.