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Staff Spotlight Maria Shterew

Maria Shterew

Assistant to the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences

Please take a moment to recognize our colleague, Maria Shterew. We encourage you to reach out to Maria throughout the month to recognize her contribution to the College and University via email, telephone or in person. 

Years at CSUSM?  
9 months

What is your short-term goal? 
To get through these questions by Heather’s deadline! I really need to work on my Bulgarian!  And get back to playing piano before I completely forget everything!

What is your long-term goal?  
To continue my education, learn other languages

What is your greatest accomplishment (personal or professional)?
Advancing from customer service representative to general manager in two years when I worked in the executive suites industry, which gave me the opportunity to coach and train two members of my team so that they were ready for promotion the following year.

What is favorite movie?  
I’m all over the board—The Ten Commandments, The Sound of Music, Birdcage, Gladiator, 300, If a Man Answers, Slumdog Millionaire…I could go on…

What is your favorite food? 
Ice cream – peanut butter cup or chocolate chip

What is your favorite book? 
Memoirs of a Geisha, and pretty much any biography/autobiography

What are your hobbies? 
I love to play games—Backgammon, Catch Phrase, Scrabble, Pictionary, etc., reading,

Tell us about your family: 
I am an only child. Most of my extended family lives in Bulgaria.

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? 
Completing my Bachelor’s and graduating with honors a year ago.

What is your favorite thing about working at CSUSM? 
Working with such diverse personalities.

What would you like to do when you retire? 
Sleep and be completely lazy for the first month.  Then, travel, volunteer regularly, and become an active day-trader.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?  
Maya Angelou