Deputy Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools
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.