Maria Porras is a 4th grade teacher at Pineloch Elementary school. She has been a teacher for 11 years. Maria earned her Master’s degree in K-8 Mathematics and Science Education from the University of Central Florida, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Some of Maria’s accomplishments include Team Lead, Math Lead, Saturday School Coordinator, Panther of the Week, Panther of the Month, and Teacher Mentor. What Maria finds most exciting about being a Noyce Fellow is continuing her education, growing as a teacher leader, and providing help to her school and community.