Marie D. Moreno was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Edinburg, Texas where she graduated from Edinburg High School. She attended Baylor University, before moving to Houston, graduating in 1995 from University of Houston with a Baccalaureate of Science in Information Technology. Upon graduation she worked in the Houston technology industry, finding her calling in education in 1995 with Houston Independent School District, Lee High School as a Career & Technology Education teacher. She taught for 3 years, subsequently appointed as an Assistant Principal in 1999, while attending Texas Southern University, earning her Master’s degree in Mid- Management in 2000 and Texas Principal Certification. In 2005, she assumed the combined duties of Principal at Kaleidoscope Middle School, a Houston ISD Charter School, Las Americas Newcomer School, and Las Americas Early Childhood, located in Southwest Houston-Gulfton area. In 2006, she transitioned the middle schools to a new location in the Gulfton community, where she continues to serve students and the community as Principal of Las Americas Newcomer (4-8) School.
Marie Moreno is a recognized member of the American Leadership Forum, Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter, Association of Hispanic School Administrators, Houston Association of School Administrators, and the Gulfton Youth Development Program. She is a featured speaker for the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO), on the topic of Diversity Education in the 21st Century Classroom. She has also presented at Pearson’s SIOP Conference, TABE, MASBA, NABE and TASBE regarding educating our new generation of students. She has helped districts across the nation in creating and supporting newcomer centers. She has contributed to a book entitled “Creating Inclusion and Well Being for Marginalized Students” by Linda Goldman. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Education at University of St. Thomas on Ethical Leadership. She is expected to graduate May 2021. She has 2 children 24 & 15.