International keynote speaker and presenter, Maria S. Hersey, Ph.D. is often identified as an “edupreneur” who is dedicated to making a difference for all children. She is the founder and Principal Advisor of Global Education Advisors (GEA), an educational collaborative of professionals supporting innovation, and empowerment, in educational practice. With 20+ years of educational leadership, her experience spans both American educational systems and international school communities.
A repeat presenter at MSA conferences and other educational conferences, Dr. Hersey has extensive experience in curriculum planning, educational leadership, instructional coaching and innovative program development, with a focus on magnet program offerings. In addition, in her role at GEA she is responsible for business and strategic planning, operations management; professional development design and delivery; curriculum design, strategic alliances and partnerships.
Previously, Dr. Hersey has developed, delivered, and managed a full suite of educational services for school districts and educational entities interested in implementing the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. She has also created, facilitated, and evaluated divisional services including program orientations, professional development, and strategic planning initiatives for school boards, universities and government education officials. As the former Director of Education and training for the Hawn Foundation’s signature program, MindUP, Dr. Hersey has also worked with numerous schools and district related to support teacher and student well-being and social-emotional learning.
Currently, Dr. Hersey is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Curriculum, Culture & Inquiry where she works with both undergraduate and graduate students. Her State of Florida certifications include those in Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Gifted Education and English Speakers of Other Languages.
Dr. Hersey holds a Ph.D. and Specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She also holds a Master’s and Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida.
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.