Dr. Maria Hersey is an international educator with extensive experience in educational leadership, international education, social-emotional learning (SEL), instructional design and multicultural education. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Hersey began her educational career as a classroom teacher in elementary schools and has worked with a variety of theme based curriculum including technology, math and science, the arts, and the International Baccalaureate (IB). She has served as a curriculum integration specialist, magnet coordinator and assistant principal in large urban districts.
In addition to public school education, Dr. Hersey has worked in the not-for-profit sector as the
Primary Years Programme (PYP) Regional Manager for the International Baccalaureate (IB) in New York City. Working with schools, districts and governing bodies around the world, Hersey has gained invaluable expertise related to leadership, professional development, school evaluation and the development of international-mindedness. She also worked with the IB as a Regional Development Specialist where she facilitated large-scale program implementation, strategic planning and evaluation.
Following an IB secondment to The Hague, where Dr. Hersey provided curriculum development management and support, she accepted the position of Director of Education & Training for MindUP™, the Hawn Foundation’s signature CASEL accredited, social-emotional learning program where she led all aspects of development and innovation for this evidence-based, PK-12 framework. Currently, Dr. Hersey is the Founder and Principal Advisor for Global Education Advisors, an international education collaborative dedicated to providing contextualized professional learning services to support educational innovation and enhance teaching, learning and leadership experiences to school communities around the world.
Dr. Hersey is a keynote speaker and presenter at the national and international level, providing symposiums on topics such as school leadership, social-emotional learning, concept-based curriculum, inquiry-based learning, global-mindedness and curriculum development. She has been a peer reviewer and moderator for the federal MSAP grant, Promise Neighborhoods and the International Journal of Leadership in Education. She holds a Ph.D. and Specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University where she also serves as an adjunct professor within the Department of Educational Leadership and Curriculum, Culture & Inquiry. Hersey also holds a Master’s and Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida. She is a passionate edupreneur and advocate for equity, excellence and access for all. One of her greatest joys is collaborating with and supporting her fellow educators in making a world of difference.
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.