Director & Elementary School Principal
Beatriz Riera, the founding principal of Mater Academy East Charter School, has been at the helm of one of the most successful elementary schools in South Florida since 1999. Ms. Riera earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Florida International University and began her career as a teacher for Miami Dade County Public Schools in 1997. Shortly after, she earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and became the founding principal of Mater Academy East Charter School in 1999. Over the course of her career, Ms. Riera has been the recipient of several accolades for her work as a principal as well as in the community. Under her direction, Mater Academy East has been an A+ school for 15 consecutive years, met AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) since the school's inception, was recognized as one of the top 50 schools in the state of Florida, a three-time award winner of the Superintendent/School Board of Miami Dade County Public Schools Platinum Award, and received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award in 2010. The school is also a two-time winner of the Title I Distinguished School's Award, and is a two-time recipient of the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award (2010 & 2019). Mater Academy East has also been SACS accredited by the Advanced Ed since the 2009-2010 school year.
Ms. Jenny Aguirre
Middle High School Principal
Ms. Aguirre began her career in education over 15 years ago at Mater Academy East. During this time, she has served in the capacity of teacher assistant, special education teacher/liaison, general education teacher, and assistant principal prior to her appointment as principal of Mater Academy East Middle/High. Ms. Aguirre received her Bachelor's degree from Barry University in special education and went on to get her Master's degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education. Throughout her 15 year tenure at Mater Academy East, Ms. Aguirre has worked arduously to create a caring and positive learning environment at our school. She has accomplished this by building strong relationships with parents, students, staff members, as well as our community partners. Ms. Aguirre's ultimate goal for each and every one of her students is to prepare them to become world class citizens and lifelong learners who can master the challenges of the 21st century.