My name is Maria Cardenas and I am a Reading Specialist. I have been at McKinley since 2003. I’ve taught ESOL, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. I earned my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. Later, I returned to GMU to complete two graduate certificate programs, adding ESOL and Literacy Specialist to my teaching license. I am originally from Arlington! I went to Swanson and graduated from Washington-Lee HS (Go Generals!). My husband and I enjoy traveling, cheering on our son at his soccer games, watching our daughter perform on stage, going to the movies, hailing to the Redskins and playing with our silly pug, Cosmo.