Dr. Maria Vazquez is deputy superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., where she oversees all academic, administrative, and operational functions related to teaching and learning for the A-rated school system. As deputy superintendent, she played a critical role in developing practices that have boosted the graduation rate to an all-time high; narrowed achievement gaps for students of color; increased the percentage of high-performing schools; expanded access to Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment courses; and strengthened supports for teachers. Her tenure in Orange County also includes positions as chief academic officer; area superintendent; senior director for exceptional student education and multilingual services; executive area director of the West and Southwest Learning Communities; principal; assistant principal; and teacher.

Vazquez has a doctorate and a master’s from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the fifth cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program.