· Born in Arica, Chili, Maria grew up in Lachine and Dorval, and now lives in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
· For several years, she was a social worker with the CLSC Côte-des-Neiges.
· Maria has specialized training in social work, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University.
· She has also earned a University Degree in Education, in the areas of school and social adaptation, from l’Université du Québec à Montréal.
· Since October 2003, she has been teaching 5th grade at the Rapides-de-Lachine elementary school.
· Maria was NDP candidate for the Mont-Royal riding in 2000.