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Dr. Maria Hersey

Principal Advisor | Global Education Advisors


Dr. Maria Hersey

“Edupreneur”, international keynote speaker and presenter, Maria S. Hersey, Ph.D. is dedicated to making a difference for all children.  She is the founder and Principal Advisor of Global Education Advisors (GEA), an educational collaborative dedicated to supporting innovation and equity in educational practice. With 20+ years of professional experience, Maria has worked alongside public  and international school communities around the world.

A repeat presenter at MSA conferences and other educational conferences, Dr. Hersey has extensive experience in curriculum planning, social-emotional learning, program evaluation, professional development design and delivery and instructional coaching, and strategic planning.   Maria has worked as a magnet program coordinator within three MSAP grant cycles and has also served as a grant reviewer for the Department of Education. In addition, Dr. Hersey has served on several grant evaluation teams and has designed the professional development plans for a number of MSAP awarded school districts.

Previously, Dr. Hersey worked for the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs for ten years where she served as the Primary Years Programme (PYP) Manager and IB Regional Development Specialist. She is currently an IB Lead Educator, Workshop Leader, Site Visit Team Leader and Workshop Leader. As the Director of Education and training for The Hawn Foundation’s signature program, MindUP, Dr. Hersey has  worked with numerous schools and districts to support social-emotional learning (SEL) and well-being for teachers, students and parents. 

Dr. Hersey is currently an  Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Curriculum, Culture & Inquiry. She is certified in the areas of Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Gifted Education and English Speakers of Other Languages. Maria  holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s and Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida.


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