Contributor Bio: Maria

My name is Maria. I am 37 years old, and I am from Hazlehurst, Georgia. I grew up with two wonderful parents and two sisters. I was very active as a child and have always enjoyed traveling and being outdoors. My parents always thought I would grow up to be a comedian, but I had other plans in mind. I graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development. I later obtained my teaching certificate from Brewton Parker University. After college I began my career as a pre-k teacher. I have spent ten wonderful years in the classroom, and teaching is truly my passion. I have two children-- Dylan age 10 and Rylie Brooke age 5. I have been married for 13 years to my high school sweetheart, Shane.


In 2011, on my way to work, I was in a horrific car accident that left me not only paralyzed from the waist down but also riddled with numerous serious injuries. Doctors performed 14 different surgeries to save my life. I spent the following year at Shepherd Center in Atlanta learning how to live my new life. I learned how to drive a modified vehicle, how to maneuver a wheelchair, and how to become independent again. In 2012 I returned to the classroom. I was given the distinguished honor of being named Jeff Davis County Teacher of the Year as well as The Light of Hope recipient. In my free time I enjoy cooking, swimming and going to the beach.


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All Posts by Maria

Yes, I Can Have a Career

Parenting from a Wheelchair

Embracing a New Walk

My Experience with the MAGIC 3 GO™ Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

Redefining Beauty

The Things Only a Paraplegic Would Understand

Transferring to a Car Seat

Bright, Bold, and Beautiful

Love after a Spinal Cord Injury

Christmas is the Best Time of the Year

Family, Fun and Fall

All in a Day

Adventure Skills Workshop - Shepherd Center

Parenting from a Wheelchair- It’s the Little Things

My Therapy Journey - Going Home

My Therapy Journey - Part 1

Mountain Getaway

Support after a Spinal Cord Injury

A Little Help from My Friends

Epic Falls and Fails

Broken Crayons Still Color

Surf's Up!

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