Hello, my name is Maria Stanisic. Students know me as Teacher Maria. I was born in Italy and immigrated to the USA with my parents when I was 8 years old. I have 4 daughters (who are now adults) and I have a granddaughter.
It is my love for children that put me on the career path to become a teacher. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Italian and Spanish. I also earned my Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in May of 2000.
I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in New York for 5 years to children kindergarten-5th grade. My husband, daughters and I moved to North Carolina in 2005. Both my husband and I taught ESL in North Carolina up until June 2014.
I've been working with the Sprout Program since the summer of 2014. I truly believe that online learning is the way of the future. Students in the Sprout Program receive more individual attention due to small class sizes. Likewise, teaching online with Sprout has been a learning experience for me. I have learned from my students and fellow colleagues, just as students have learned from me.
I believe that having the knowledge of more than one language is always a positive asset that future employers or companies will be looking for.
I look forward to meeting you soon and having fun learning together!