Miami-Dade is a city setting the bar for diversity in our country. Over two-thirds of our community identifies as Latino or Hispanic and nearly one-fifth as African American. Miami has been called a multicultural mosaic, with individual populations maintaining their cultures and contributing to a vibrant and exciting community.
In Miami-Dade, more than 100,000 students are growing up in poverty. By the time these students reach the tenth grade, less than 20% can read at grade level.
Today, 300 corps members are teaching in Miami-Dade. One-third of these teachers were the first college graduates in their families, giving them unique insight into the challenges their students face.
Maxeme taught high school social studies at Miami Northwestern and coached the school’s award-winning Urban Debate League team. Maxeme’s goal of ensuring a quality education for all children next led her to take on roles at the Mayor’s Office in New York City, D.C. Public Schools, Harlem Children’s Zone, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Maxeme holds a B.A. from New College of Florida and a M.B.A and M.P.P from Harvard University. After a few years away from home, Maxeme is thrilled to be back in the land of café con leche and sunny weather!