Dr. Armendariz-Maxwell taught as a classroom teacher for several years until she started a family and had kids of her own. She took a nine-year break from teaching before re-entering the workforce as a bilingual teacher in District 300. That sounds like an easy transition for a seasoned educator, but there was one hurdle she had to overcome--learning how to speak Spanish. That didn’t stop her from taking the job. Dr. Armendariz-Maxwell immersed herself in the language in order to become fluent within her first year.
Dr. Cynthia Armendariz-Maxwell is fluent in both Spanish and English and also speaks conversational Italian. As an adult, she taught herself how to speak fluent Spanish, and has dedicated much of her career to bilingual instruction.
Dr. Cynthia Armendariz-Maxwell works with staff during a professional development session.