Maria Smith was born in Streator, Illinois, but was raised here in Lakeland as the youngest of the five DeSilvestro children. Maria was brought up Catholic and attended St Joseph's Academy and Santa Fe Catholic High School, both also located here in Lakeland. Because of her background, Maria's family and her faith are extremely important to her. Maria is beginning her 4th year of working for the Diocese of Orlando. Prior to that, she spent 14 years raising her children. She has completed the required 40 hour training course and the recertification of her CDA. Maria is an outgoing individual and has a natural passion for shaping the upcoming generations.
Maria Smith is dedicated to enriching the lives of every child she meets by creating a fun yet productive learning environment. Maria is a team player and is excited to transfer to St. John Neumann with her close friend and Preschool Director, Lisa Wudtke.
Maria is married to her best friend, Chris. They have been together for 25 years and recently celebrated 20 years of marriage. Together they have three incredible children: Isabella, Matthew and Bradley, all of whom attend The Schools of McKeel Academy.