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Maria Estela Edward

Based in Florida, Maria Estela Edward is an accomplished speech pathologist and early education trainer. Over the course of a career spanning more than 20 years, she has worked with children with special needs and their families, and rendered instruction to ECE teachers and providers. Since 2007, she has overseen her own company, Mee Professional Development Corp., which provides early childhood education (ECE) training informed by best practices, updated information, and various special education topics. In addition, the organization partners with Training Source One to provide continuing education units for ECE personnel.

Additionally, Ms. Edward serves as an ECE professor at Palm Beach State College, where she teaches childcare training courses for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Earlier in her career, Ms. Edward taught a postgraduate course on speech therapy as a professor at East Central University in the Dominican Republic.

Actively involved in the ECE field, she maintains a commitment to research and professional development. She has completed programs such as Train the Trainer from Training Source One, and she attends the annual conferences of the Council for Professional Recognition, the CDA credentialing body. Throughout her career, she has also obtained certifications such as the Advanced Childcare Director Credential and Pre-K certified Class Observer.

In addition to her own professional growth, she helps to maintain quality in the ECE profession through roles with the Council for Professional Recognition that include CDA Professional Development Specialist. In 2020, Ms. Edward also became a Home Visitor Professional Development Specialist. Furthermore, she is a member of the Early Childhood Registry of Palm Beach County. Ms. Edward graduated from Enrique Jose Varona Higher Pedagogy Institute in Cuba, where she earned an MS in speech and language pathology and audiology.

Speech Pathologist
Lake Worth, FL, US

Work Experience

Gateways Illinois , Early Childhood Education Professor , Aug 2020 ~ Present

DETAILS
Teach classes or courses Inform businesses, community groups, and governmental agencies about educational need, available programs, and program policies Determine the scope of educational program offering, and prepare drafts of program schedules and descriptions, to estimate staffing and facility requirement Prepare and maintain attendance, activity, planning, accounting, or personnel reports and records for officials and agencies, or direct preparation and maintenance activities.


RESPONSIBILITIES
Bilingual: Spanish/English Computer Skill Management Leadership Work with Diversity


ACHIEVEMENTS
Gateways Illinois Registry Authorized Entity PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM

M.E.E. Professional Development Corp., Chief Executive Officer / Founder , Jan 2018 ~ Present

DETAILS
Teach classes or courses Inform businesses, community groups, and governmental agencies about educational need, available programs, and program policies Determine the scope of educational program offering, and prepare drafts of program schedules and descriptions, to estimate staffing and facility requirement Prepare and maintain attendance, activity, planning, accounting, or personnel reports and records for officials and agencies, or direct preparation and maintenance activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Bilingual: Spanish/English Computer Skill Management Leadership Work with Diversity GOOD TEAM WORKER

Ismaelillo Learning Center, Founder/Owner/Director, Jan 2005 ~ Jan 2015

DETAILS
Maintain daily operation of facility in compliance with Florida DCF Interview, hire, and train staff Supervise daily teacher Manage all center operations including administration, sales, finances, and facilities.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Exceptional relationships with families and community Bilingual: Spanish/English Computer Skill Management Leadership Work with Diversity

Education

Palm Beach State College


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