MARIA LUCIDI has worked in education for nearly forty years as a teacher, a coach of forensics and debate, a department chair, an instructional skills supervisor, a district coordinator of GATE (the Gifted and Talented program), and as head of many committees on the school, district and county levels. With a few former students she began PAIDEIA, San Mateo High School District’s literary/art magazine which has just completed its ninth issue and has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English. She began the Speaker’s Bureau, through which she coaches students in speech and involves them in speech competitions. Also, she has done volunteer work in many community activities, including the Red Cross, the American Heart and Cystic Fibrosis Associations. Ms. Lucidi’s awards include: a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1992; recognition as San Mateo County Teacher of the year in 1980; three San Mateo County Kent Awards for three unique learning programs; and teacher of the year awards at botch Capuchino and Aragon High Schools.