Maria Schaffer is from Long Island, New York. She graduated from the University at Albany, State University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and holds three California state teaching certifications: Multiple Subject, English Language Arts, and Social Science. She also earned her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of San Diego. Before starting work at LJLW, Maria was a General Education and Intervention Teacher for the past 10 years in elementary and middle schools in San Diego County and Chula Vista, including for the High Tech High School and High Tech Elementary School campuses. She has worked with students K-8 in whole class, small group, and 1:1 settings. Some of her specialized skills include project-based learning, inquiry-based math and literacy instruction, and social-emotional learning.
During Maria’s time working in schools, she has helped students with learning differences including: ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and specific learning disabilities. Maria believes strongly that all students can achieve success given the right instruction, tools, and supports. Her favorite engagement strategy is designing lessons that connect to student interest and provide a real-world context for the material and skills students are learning. Maria brings enthusiasm and patience to her teaching sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child achieve his/her educational goals.
In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her pets, baking, hiking, and enjoying the San Diego sunshine.