Hi, my name is Mara Zapata and I am a candidate for the Miami-Dade County School Board in District 5.

I’ve dedicated the last 30 years of my life to helping children receive the best education possible, working with new teachers to help them be the most qualified and prepared teachers they can be and guiding parents to make the best decisions for their children. I see serving on the school board as a continuation of my dedication to the betterment of our children through education.

Like many of you, I am a product of this community and have lived within this district for most of my life since arriving from Cuba at the age of 2. I am a proud graduate of our state universities, having earned a Bachelors in Education and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Florida International University, as well as a PhD in Science Education from Florida State University. I have served as Chairperson of K-12 Teacher Education Programs at Miami Dade College and currently serve as an Instructional Supervisor focusing on the Mentoring and Induction of New Teachers in Miami Dade County Public Schools. Dedicated to serving publicly, in 2017 I was honored to be elected as Councilwoman for the City of Miami Springs.

As your future school board member, I am very excited to share with you my vision for the future of our children, our schools and our teachers. I believe that our children and our teachers should feel safe in our schools and able to focus on learning, teaching, growing and thriving in a safe learning environment. For me, the most magical place on earth is an inviting classroom where an enthusiastic teacher is educating happy students and it will be my highest priority to foster that environment in every one of our schools. I will also work tirelessly to ensure that our hard working dedicated teachers have the resources, knowledge and preparation to be the very best educators they can be and that the parents of our students are better informed and have the opportunity to be involved in the education that their children are receiving.

Over the next few months, I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can. I want to hear from you and learn about your concerns, your worries as well as hear positive stories about your children and their education. As your school board member, I will always be your voice and a determined advocate for your children. I am Mara Zapata and I hope I can count on your vote and your support for Miami Dade County School board member.

Thank you

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