Spoken Languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole

Maria Cushing is a native of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde. Aside from being a parent organizer, she works as a Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW) and interpreter. She believes that PEP is helping to bridge the gap between teachers and parents, creating better communication and improving education outcomes, by genuinely involving parents, and their concerns, in the education process. Maria has 2 grandchildren attending Portland Schools, including Deering and Portland High.