Maureen Simao

At present, Maureen Simao works for North Scituate, Rhode Island's Ponaganset middle school, part of the Foster/Glocester Regional Schools. For the school, Simao teaches sixth-grade science, something she has done for the last 15 years. In addition, to advance herself professionally and academically and deliver to her students the best instruction possible, Maureen Simao is currently studying for her middle school science endorsement, which requires her to complete an array of classes both online and in person at Providence College.

Beyond these studies, Maureen Simao brings to her role a comprehensive education. She began her post-secondary work at the University of Rhode Island, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Counseling and Family Studies in 1990. She later entered Roger Williams University, also in Rhode Island, where she completed her Teacher Certification Program in Elementary Education. The year after leaving Roger Williams, Simao began an advanced degree program at Providence College; she received her Master of Education in 2002.

In addition to her experience as a science teacher, Maureen Simao spent eight years instructing students with special needs. Among other places, she taught at The Groden Center, where from 1996 to 1998 she concentrated her efforts on designing and integrating individualized education programs and adhering to her ultimate goal of helping her students succeed in the classroom and at home. In addition, she took part alongside her students in the Special Olympics, particularly she enjoyed seeing them reap the rewards of their hard work.

A charitably minded individual, Maureen Simao has additionally combined education and philanthropy by engaging her students in fundraising activities. For instance, she established a dime collection initiative to benefit the March of Dimes Foundation; over the last several years, her students have generated more than $500 for the cause.