Phone: 215-517-3700


Degrees and Certifications:

Penn State-Altoona: Bachelor of Arts, Arcadia University: Masters of Education

Maria Canela | English

I immigrated to the United States at the age of five and grew up in New York City. From there, I went away to college to become the first college graduate in my family. Being an immigrant defines an important piece of my life, and it has given me the drive and passion I strive to share with my students when it comes to the value of education. I am excited to be teaching at Cheltenham High School, and I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues and learning new strategies and teaching tools.

One of my favorite teaching experiences was when my 9th-grade class discovered their writing voices during the poetry unit. My students were able to share personal experiences and for many, this became an eye-opening moment where they realized the power of writing from within and found creative ways to connect with others.