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Curriculum Supervisor for English Language Arts

Broward County Public Schools

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Marie Garrido Zoeller's educational and professional path is an example of a passion to pursue and exemplify dedication to education and teaching. Marie graduated from Broward College in 1998 as a Presidents List honoree with her A.A. in Elementary Education. At BC, she says she discovered her tenacious love of learning. In fact, her connection with the College is part of a family tradition of deep engagement with BC: Her father is also an alumnus, Thomas Garrido, A.S. ’94, BAS ’05 , an instructor with the aviation program; her mother in law is a retired instructor in the Nursing program; and her nephew is a current student at BC. It’s truly a family affair! Marie has fond memories of BC and her teachers and says “My instructors were motivating and encouraging, especially Dr. Walker, my psychology instructor. His words of wisdom have stayed with me, and he is one of the reasons why I went into teaching.” After BC, Marie continued to Florida Atlantic University, where she excelled academically once again and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her B.A. in Elementary Education. Starting as a middle school teacher in 2000, as well as literacy coach, language arts, and reading teacher along the way, she earned her M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida in 2018 (with a 4.0 GPA!). In 2019, she took on the role of Curriculum Supervisor for Language Arts and Literacy for Broward County Schools. Marie currently is pursuing her doctoral degree from John Hopkins School of Education in Mind, Brain, and Teaching. “My research is on creating professional development and coaching programs to impact teacher self-efficacy of literacy instruction, which is teacher beliefs about their ability to impact the literacy skills of persistently struggling readers."

Stephanie Weiss De Filippo

Founder & Chief Bottle Washer

Juicera, Inc.

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Stephanie De Filippo earned her A.A. at BC and her Bachelors in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services at Florida International University. She is the Founder & Chief Bottle Washer at Juicera, Inc. Juicera is a company that creates certified organic cold pressed juice, wellness shots and nitro cold brew coffee. Stephanie says that she has a passion for “achieving unparalleled health, wellness, vitality and longevity.” It all started when she bought her first cold pressed juice machine and now her business has been growing for the past 10 years.

Katherine Acevedo

Targeted Case Manager

Henderson Behavioral Health

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Katherine earned her A.A. at BC, her Bachelor's degree at FAU, and her Master's at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to starting her position at Henderson Behavioral Health, she was an Adjunct Professor at South College, a Graduate teaching Assistant at UT, Knoxville and has also held various other roles including Youth Service Coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club. "Many of the best memories that I have during my college career have been at this wonderful college that I hold in great esteem!

Moises Acosta III

Director of Restaurants

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

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In addtition to his role as Director of Restaurants, Moises is also Vice President of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Broward Chapter.

Martelli Adeka

Financial Advisor

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

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Martelli Adeka earned his A.A. degree from BC. "Broward College was one the best academic experiences I've had in my academic learning. I enjoyed the flexible schedule, it allowed me to work full time. The staff I encountered was helpful and supportive. I desire to give back to BC's continuing success".

Monica Aguiar

Recruiter

Northwestern Mutual

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Monica Aguiar earned her A.A. in Business Administration from BC, she then continued to receive her bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Central Florida, and is now in the process of earning her master's degree in Human Resources Management from FIU. Monica works as a Recruiter at Northwestern Mutual, where she has been gaining experience in the financial services industry.