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Maria Barker

As an early childhood special education teacher and mother of “two under two,” Maria Barker
champions the notion that the best investment to ensure the future success of a child, is to
invest in the early years of their lives. Maria teaches at Red Mountain Center for Early
Education in Mesa, Arizona and specializes in working with children, many on the autism
spectrum, who display aggressive and challenging behaviors. Maria is a National Board-Certified
Teacher, holds a BA from Cornell University and a M.Ed. from Arizona State University. Maria is
an Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2019 Ambassador for Excellence and is the first preschool
teacher to hold that title.