Maria Andrea (Maru) Busico-Flight, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will be starting her eleventh year at WA as our Instructional Technology Integration Specialist and CAS coordinator. In addition to all things related to educational technology such as: Technology department chair, technology integration, PD, teacher training, AP Computer Science, webmaster, Learning Management System, WA Tech Team leader, and report cards among others. On a non-tech side, she is the DP CAS Coordinator, coaches Cheer, runs the Scottish Dancing Club and the Summer Activities and After School Activities at Westlake Academy.
Ms. Busico-Flight has a Graduate Degree in IT Systems from the Universidad de Belgrano (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and a Postgraduate Degree in Teaching with ICT from Cambridge University. Since 1996, she has taught English as a Second Language and Technology and tech related subjects at primary and secondary levels. Her experience working with IB (International Baccalaureate) began in 2000 at Northlands School (Olivos, Argentina) where she was the Technology Department PYP lead and the Extra-Curricular and Summer Activities Coordinator.
Maru's qualifications and experience with the IB have also earned her the positions with the International Baccalaureate Educator Network as an IB trainer: PYP, MYP & DP workshop leader (face-to-face and online), site visitor, and consultant. She truly enjoys the opportunities that this provides her to visit other IB or candidate schools, train teachers as well as to participate in curriculum development meetings at the IB Curriculum and Assessment headquarters in Cardiff, UK, in Hong Kong and in The Hague, Netherlands.
In addition to her academic achievements, she has worked as a choreographer and director for musical productions at K-12 schools and alumni clubs. Some of her work includes: Les Miserables, Cabaret, Fosse, Cotton Club, Evita, Pippin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King. Maru has also been a dancer/dance captain at amateur and professional levels for theater and musical productions. She has teaching degrees in Ballet and Tap Dance, a Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancers and Zumba certifications.
Additionally, she holds a Texas educator certification for Spanish EC-12.