Maria holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from the University of Notre Dame. As a researcher, María’s area of study is bilingual early childhood education, and specifically the impact bilingual early childhood programs have on children’s linguistic and academic development as well as on communities of immigrants and other minority groups. María recently completed the Teach For America program, through which she taught 3K and Pre-K in a community based organization on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Work for CID:
María Fernanda Townsend translated KC35: Media Ecology into Spanish.