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Maria A. Gutierrez

Gutierrez is the longest-serving member of the Guam Education Board. In her 23 years of service, Gutierrez has been a strong advocate for students and families, always ensuring their voices are heard by the board.  She was instrumental in creating a seat for a parent and student on the Guam board and for the last eight years has served as the board’s advisor to student board members.

Gutierrez has been both chair and vice chair of the Guam Education Board, and currently chairs the Safe and Healthy Schools committee. Under her leadership, the board developed several policies to prevent student and educator harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyberbullying and to ensure student safety and data privacy on the internet. She testifies regularly on the department of education’s annual fiscal budgets and led the approval of Guam’s school reopening plans this summer. Gutierrez has been actively involved in NASBE study groups, is a member of the Public Education Positions Committee, and was given NASBE’s Distinguished Service Award in 2020.