Degrees and Certifications:
I am a graduate from Bunker Hill High School. I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Communications from LRU. I also hold my AIG state licensure and certification as well as a Middle Grades Language Arts certification.
My name is Maria Speaks and I am a 7th grade teacher here at River Bend Middle School. I have been teaching for 21 years and I'm working on 22!!!! I am a graduate of LRU and have recieved my AIG certification and my certification in Middle Grades ELA. I love being a teacher. I have always wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a little girl. It is a dream come true to get to teach the lives that will shape the future! I am a mom to 2 wonderful young ladies that keep me very busy. We have 2 dogs named Bolt and Zach. I enjoy shopping, traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family and going to the movies. I enjoy watching all kinds of sporting events too. Teaching is my passion and I'm excited to have of such a special job!!!