Maria Oria – Foreign Language
Classes: Spanish 1 & 2
Hours for Help: Lunchtime (11:45-12:25) M-F
Maria Oria is currently teaching Spanish levels 1 and 2 at Lompoc High School. She has taught level 3 and AP Spanish at the secondary level as well as Spanish courses of five unit credit for the University of California at Santa Barbara. With over twenty-five years in education, she has also taught at the elementary and junior high level. She considers it a privilege and honor to have truly seen "the building blocks of learning" throughout the school grades.
Growing up in vibrant Spain and Lompoc, California, Ms. Oria graduated from Lompoc High School with honorary distinction. She is a product of Lompoc schools; therefore, she has pride in and loyalty to the system that provided her education.
After completing her university major in Spanish with emphasis in Linguistics and Hispanic Literature, she was accepted to UCSB's Graduate School of Education. Ms. Oria's direction crystallized when highly distinguished professors asked where she had received her education. She recalled them saying, "Lompoc has very good schools." That was her "Newton" moment. She knew then she would be forever grateful to her exceptional, quite extraordinary family and that she would return to her hometown to give back to her community.
Ms. Oria enjoys the challenges and rewards of teaching at the high school level. As a teacher dedicated to her profession, she tirelessly strives to impact the lives of her students and to instill in them a passion for lifelong learning.
In her spare time, Ms. Oria loves sports, gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends!
"A man who does not know a foreign language is ignorant of his own." ~Johann Goethe
(1749 - 1832)