Meet Maribel Vilchez

Learn more about Maribel below.

What’s your day job?

I am an Elementary bilingual (Spanish and English) ENL National Board Teacher.

How long have you been serving on the PESB?

About a year.

What drew you to becoming a PESB member?

Working throughout the state receiving and providing Professional Development to become a better educator, made me realize that there are different ways to positively impact our students and educators. So I saw PESB as an important platform to voice our students' needs.

What are you most excited about in your work as a PESB member?

It is really exciting and invigorating to know that both PESB's vision and mission reflect mine around education. It is comforting to see that the staff and the members are there for the right reasons. Really professional, serious and just wonderful people.

What are your most meaningful takeaways from your time on the Board?

The intensity of the reflections, discussions and the constant drive to be better informed and therefore to make the best possible decisions.

How would you encourage the Board’s stakeholders to become involved or more knowledgeable about the Board’s work?

I would ask anyone to either attend the meetings, to send a representative, to stay up to date with our meetings agenda to take such information to their work places, so more people can be involved and know that this is OUR job. Only information can help us all.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Chocolate cake.

Any additional comments to the educators who read this?

I would like everyone to know that I acknowledge that we are all very busy. I find myself drowning in work in all my life's responsibilities. Though, lately my motto has been " Everything will get done. Sooner or later but it will be done." "Choose your priorities. Stay true to your vision. Be organized and enjoy the present for it will not be back."