My name is Maria Benavides.  I have been teaching for 39 years.  I am a native of Kingsville and graduated from H.M.King and Texas A&I University.  I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elem. Ed. and Early Childhood (1975), Master of Arts Degree in Bilingual Education (1978) and a Professional Mid Management Administrator Certificate (1990).  I have been married to my wonderful husband Joe for 41 years, and we have 2 sons and 5 grandchildren, whom we are so proud of.

     I am so excited  to have your child in my PreK classroom.  Every student in my class will have an opportunity to succeed and be ready for Kindergarten.  I encourage parents to send their children to school every day.  Our goal is to be at 98% attendance or better for each six weeks.  Each day is a big day in our PreK world.  We embrace children's natural curiosity and encourage them to explore and connect to the world around them using our Big Day for PreK Scholastic Curriculum.  Thank you for sharing your child with me this year.