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About Maria Uribe

I have been a bilingual student and teacher all my life. I started in bilingual environments when I was five years old. I was born in Bogota, Colombia in South America and attended a French bilingual school. Later in life, I traveled to the United States to spend a year at Columbia University in New York to learn English. As we all know, a year’s time was not enough to become fluent in English.

My work as a bilingual teacher started in a very small school in Colombia. I taught 35 students who ranged in age from three to five. My classroom was as big as a small bedroom and the resources were very limited. However, I knew that I was going to love teaching since, despite the circumstances, I had the most wonderful time with the children in their learning environment. After that experience, I started working in bilingual schools teaching math from preschool to sixth grade. I moved from Colombia to Denver and started as a bilingual teacher in early childhood education since I had obtained a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from a university in Columbia.

For the past 22 years, I worked in Denver Public Schools at Goldrick Elementary. Goldrick is an urban school that has partnered with the University Colorado Denver for 20 years. After teaching one year in ECE, I taught first grade for nine years. Due to the partnership with the University and the desire to teach individuals to teach children, I was the coach and the site coordinator for the University of Colorado Denver for seven years. For the past six years, I was an assistant principal for one year followed by five years as the principal. The work with the teacher candidates gave me the privilege to receive the CABE president award from one of my former teacher candidates. The work and commitment demonstrated by Goldrick teachers combined with the amazing partnership work with CU Denver gave me the honor to receive the Elementary Principal Award of the Year for Denver Public Schools in 2010.

I absolutely love to learn and to make sure that people are successful in life. I am a firm believer that life is very short. If we don’t do what we love to do, we will always be empty of spirit. I love to see children and adults succeed. If I can contribute in their success, is the best gift for my soul.


Present Senior Instructor, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • • Leadership Alumni Award University Colorado Denver - 2014
  • • Colorado Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) – President Award – 2013
  • • Denver Public School – Elementary Principal of the Year- 2010
  • • Colorado Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) – President Award – 2007
  • • University of Colorado at Denver – Nominated and honored for the Best Doctoral Student in the Educational Leadership and Innovation Program – 2004
  • • Denver Public Schools – Goldstar teacher of the year 2004 for the South West Area
  • • Colorado Department of Education - Professional Teacher License - Endorsement Elementary Education & Early Childhood, 2006-2011
  • • University of Colorado at Denver – Mentoring Teacher Candidates, 1994-2000
  • • Denver Public Schools - Letter of Appreciation for developing Student Profile for Second Language Learners, January, 1998
  • • Goldrick Elementary School - Certificate of Appreciation - Service in Bilingual Education, 1998
  • • Denver Public Schools - Letter of Appreciation - Competition of Hispanic Youth June 22, 1998
  • • Denver Public Schools - AmeriCorps Merit of Help and Support, June 3, 1996
  • • Goldrick Elementary School - Certificate of Appreciation for Contribution to Students and Staff, November, 1994
  • • Abraham Lincoln – Awarded The Best Teacher of the Year, 1989
  • • Gimnasio Britanico - Awarded the Best Bilingual Teacher, 1985


2007 University of Denver ‐ The Ritchie Program for School Leaders
2004 PhD, University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center ‐ Educational Leadership and Innovation
1997 M.A., University of Colorado Boulder ‐ Multicultural and Bilingual Education
1984 Universidad INCCA de Colombia ‐ Preschool Education
1980 Columbia University ‐ English as Second Language

Contact Information

University of Colorado Denver
School of Education and Human Development
P.O. BOX 173364
Campus Box 106
Denver, CO 80217-3364


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