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Mary Valdez joined Meridian in August 2016 as a first grade teacher.   In August of 2017 she chose to move to the third grade team as she has enjoyed working with older grade levels.  Mary is originally from Pleasanton, Texas and has a bachelors degree in English and psychology and certification in education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is certified in early childhood through fourth grade.   Mary taught for several years in Temple, Texas at a school working on IBPYP certification. During this time she taught both kindergarten and second grades. She fell in love with Meridian through our Central Texas IB Roundtables, and has completed Category 1 and advanced IB-PYP training.   Now that she has experienced the difference, Mary can’t imagine teaching in a non-IB school and looks forward to having an opportunity to make a difference here.