Maria Hernández teaches mathematics at The NC School of Science and Mathematics. She has taught a variety of courses ranging from Algebra to Modeling with Differential Equations and Complex Systems. Maria provides professional development for teachers in local, national and international arenas. She hopes to support underrepresented students in gaining access to quality STEM education. Her work is focused on using mathematical modeling, discovery-based activities, and technology to engage students as active learners and creative problem-solvers. Maria received The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 2009 and The UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.