Photograph of Maria SavoldiMaria Savoldi is the Manager of Instructional Services for Mercury Online Academy. Her role primarily entails training teachers, providing technical support, evaluating and making software purchase recommendations, and serving as a liaison to the marketing team. She feels fortunate that her position is 'green' which allows her to tele-work from wherever she happens to be!

Prior to her employment with Mercury Online Academy, Maria spent 4 years working for Georgia Virtual School, a program of the Georgia Department of Education. There she served in various roles including student support specialist, technology support specialist, and program coordinator for internal technology. Maria also spent 14 years in Georgia schools serving in a range of roles including teacher, media specialist and county director of instructional media and technology. She has designed and delivered numerous professional learning courses that foster effective technology integration.

Maria is a past-president of the Division of School Media and Technology of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology ( AECT). As president of the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology (GAIT), Maria established a virtual meeting place for educators to collaborate and promote best practices.

As a firm believer in the value of collaboration and professional development, Maria attends and presents at state and national educational conferences and spent several years working as a trainer for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards™ in the Library Media certificate area.

Maria holds a Masters degree in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern University, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Penn State University, and earned her teaching credentials through Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

When she is able to find some spare time, Maria enjoys reading and relaxing on the beach at her Florida home.

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