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Excellence in Teaching

Marisa Astiz-Martinez, MS, RN, CNE

BSN Clinical Instructor, UM School Of Nursing Shady Grove

Marisa Astiz-Martinez has been teaching at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) for eight (8) years. Initially, she started as a psychiatry mental health nursing clinical instructor, and three (3) years ago transitioned into a full-time faculty role. She currently teaches in the first semester professionalism course and final semester leadership practicum. Additionally, she is the faculty advisor for UMANS (the UMSON@USG chapter of NSNA), sits on the UMSON Equity Diversity, and Inclusion Counsel, facilitates restorative practices as part of the UMSON Restorative Justice Program, and works on a variety of resilience in nursing and student mental health initiatives. Last year she was awarded the UMSON Excellence in Teaching award for Undergraduate Teaching. The recipient of this award is determined by student nomination and vote for a faculty member who promotes innovative teaching and learning approaches. The foundation of her teaching philosophy is the belief that students are to be respected, nurtured, and encouraged as future peers from the moment they begin nursing school. Because she has high expectations of herself and others, she is dedicated to creating a community of inclusion and belonging where all faculty, staff, and students are empowered to believe in themselves and supported to exceed expectations. When asked what motivated her she stated, “The mantra: Work hard. Play harder. To me it symbolizes to the importance of a good work-life balance and a good reminder that we can work hard and still make time for bringing joy, play, and fun into your work and working relationships.” Professor Astiz-Martinez’s email signature is “Be the change you want to see in the world. Your contributions make a profound difference!” and she is a shining example of that quote.


Professor Astiz-Martinez

Our Recent Graduates

Faith Ihegihu

Faith has graduated from Montgomery College Tacoma Park in December and has already taken and passed her NCLEX-RN. She has already accepted a position as RN! Congratulations! We are super proud and excited for you!


Boyka Popova

Boyka graduated from the nursing program at Baltimore City Community College and will soon sit for her NCLEX-RN after taking time for some much needed R&R. Congratulations Boyka!

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