Marie D. Moreno is an outstanding educator that advocates and supports newly arrived immigrant and refugee families from 32 countries speaking 29 languages. She currently serves as the principal of Las Americas Newcomer School (Grades 4-8) for the past 14 years in the Houston Independent School District. This school is designed specifically to acculturate and support children who have gaps in their education and have experienced trauma in their journey to the United States.
Her 24 years of experience in education has fueled her to be passionate for the most at-risk students in Houston. In 2017, the Deputy Chief of the UNHCR visited her campus and was extremely impressed by the services provided for the un-school refugees and students with lack of formal education. Marie received her Baccalaureate of Science from the University of Houston, her Master’s in Education from Texas Southern University, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education in Ethical Leadership from the University of St. Thomas-Houston. She serves as a servant leader by promoting equity and excellence to her staff and community. She is devoted to learning more about refugee experiences by traveling to Uganda, Kenya, and Guatemala and hopes one day to visit the countries of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Nepal.