• B.A., University if St. Thomas
  • M.Ed., University of St. Thomas

Other Credentials

  • Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Full Catechist Certificate
  • Sally Landram Excellence in Education Award
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • Principal’s Award
  • Award Winning Author

Mrs. Maria Illich brings 33 years of educational experience to the classroom. In addition
to teaching middle school English, 5th grade ELAR, and creative writing, Mrs. Illich
serves as a faculty co-sponsor for the National Junior Honor Society. As an
undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas, Mrs. Illich received a degree in English
Literature and was the Distinguished Graduate in English. She was also the first
recipient of the Susan T. Scanlon Scholarship in Creative Writing.

Mrs. Illich spends her spare time reading and writing. Her children’s book, The Legend
of the Ladybug, won a national book award. Her YA novel, The Morcant Twins and the
Curse of the Griseum, was nominated for a CYBILS Award and a Silver Falchion
Award. She has been a juried poet numerous times for the Houston Poetry Fest. Visit
her website at for more information about her writing endeavors.

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