Dr. Maria Alvarez Tsalikis teaches Literacy Education at Florida International University. She is currently the Elementary Education Program Director. Dr. Tsalikis taught with Dade County Public Schools for at least a decade before focusing on higher education. Dr. Tsalikis has also published and presented with several professional organizations in her field, including the Organization of Teacher Educators in Literacy. Maria Tsalikis is an active member of the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) at FIU. She has conducted several professional development workshops emphasizing the Habits of Mind and their application potential across literacy programs at different local public schools.