My Mission 

My ability is stronger than my disability.”

– Luke Watson


“There are so many good things about Maria (her diligence, her sense of humor, her ability to continue even when she is a bit fearful, her capacity for friendship, her “let’s do it now” attitude), but as her creative writing teacher and mentor, I’d say one of the most remarkable things is that she actually listens to suggestions and, as a result, has become a strong writer in a very short time.  What a great student and person! A life-long learner, I’d say. A life-long listener.”

— Lois Marie Harrod, poet, writer and teacher

“Maria is alive to the possibilities of helping others, and second to none in her ambition and thoughtfulness. It’s been a pleasure to know her.”

— Gary C. Woodward. PhD. Professor, Department of Communication Studies at The College of New Jersey