About the Teachers...

We believe that all children have the potential to do great things.  As their teachers, it is our
pleasure to provide my students with a myriad of opportunities in order to bring out their 
full potential.

Maria Easterling 
I am a product of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, having gone to John G. DuPuis Elementary and Palm Springs Junior High.  I 
graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High in 1991.  I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration
in Early Childhood from Florida International University in 1994.  I earned a Master's Degree in Professional Studies in Teaching and 
Learning from the University of Miami in 2000.  I am also an Early Childhood- Generalist National Board Certified Teacher, having 
originally achieved certification in 2002 and recertification in 2012.  This is my twelfth year teaching in the Extended Foreign Language 

This is my twenty-sixth year as a Miami-Dade County Public School teacher.  I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second and Third

My husband and I have three sons.  Our oldest son is a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Sophomore at the University of Central Florida.  Our middle son is a 
Seniorr at Miami Lakes Educational Center's Cambridge Engineering Magnet Program. Our youngest son is an eighth grader this year at our BGEC
Middle School Campus!

I am still amazed at how your children will blossom throughout their years in school.  As parents, I am sure that you marvel daily at your 
child's developmental milestones.  Together, we will give your child the world.

You can email me at measterling@dadeschools.net.

Jenifer Soler-Batchelder
Teaching has been a rewarding and challenging experience.  Each day, I look forward to interacting with my students and learning as 
much from them as they do from me.

I was born and raised in South Florida.  I graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High in 1996 and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in 
Elementary Education from FIU in 2000.  In 2003, I earned a Master’s Degree in Reading Education. In 2004, I became certified by the
National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in Literacy: Reading/Language Arts. I have worked for the National Board during the 
summers and assisted in training teachers from across the country. In 2009, I  coauthored two teacher resource books for Carson-Dellosa 
Publishing, Inc. - Step Up to Writing: Primary and Step Up to Writing: Intermediate. In 2019, I received a town grant for the program 
Throwing Kindness Like Confetti: Celebrating and Empowering Girls through Art and Literature.  This program was featured on NBC 6 
News as part of a celebration of teachers who are making a difference in their community.
This is my twentieth year teaching in Miami-Dade County.  I began my career at Palm Springs North Elementary and was part of the 
inaugural faculty at BGEC.  I have taught second, third, and fourth grade.

My husband and I are the proud parents of two wonderful children, Amanda and Andrew.

I look forward to working with you and your child!  Together we will make this a successful and productive school year.

You may reach me at jmsoler@dadeschools.net.

Mission For The Class

To provide a caring nurturing and stimulating environment enabling all 
students to reach their greatest potential.