Maria L. Wilson-Portuondo is a native of Puerto Rico with a background in Bilingual Education, Special Education and Cultural Diversity. She received her undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Washington, DC, and her Master in Education from Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ms. Wilson-Portuondo began working with Language Minority Students in 1973 in the Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts, where she implemented a Bilingual Resource Room. Her career has included positions as Coordinator/Training Specialist at The Education Alliance, Brown University, RI; Special Lecturer in Education on Language, Culture and Learning at Providence College, RI; Cultural Advisor for the "English as a Second Language Project" for WGBH, Boston, Massachusetts; Adjunct Professor at Emmanuel College, Boston, MA; Assistant Director, Bilingual Multicultural Special Education Project for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Elementary School Teacher at the American School, Mexico City, Mexico; and Independent Consultant. She has made presentations on Cultural Issues and Bilingual Special Education at conferences in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Texas, Washington (DC), Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. In addition, she co-authored with Sandy Tovray the book Helping Your Special Needs Child: A Practical and Reassuring Resource Guide, Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA, 1995.
Ms. Wilson-Portuondo is currently a Senior Specialist at The Education Alliance, Brown University, RI; a Program Consultant for the Reach Out to Schools: Social Competency Program, The Stone Center, Wellesley, MA; and a Member at Large, Board of Directors, Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education.