When she was in fifth grade in her home country of Russia, Maria Maier learned the alphabet in English.
She so enjoyed the introduction to a second language that she asked to attend a school that specialized in teaching Russian students English.
It was, she told members of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce last week, a disaster.
Maier said she struggled to catch up to other students, needing a private tutor to help close the gap. In the end, she said, it launched her life in a direction that has brought her to Clinton.
Maier was the guest speaker at the Chamber’s annual breakfast, done this year remotely. Waiting for the program to start, many attendees said last year’s March 9 breakfast turned out to be one of their last normal events before the pandemic created a lockdown on such gatherings.
Maier came to Clinton in 2004 for a job at Hamilton College. Now the mom of four children in the Clinton Central School District, she works at Hamilton part-time along with being a coach and trainer with the John C. Maxwell leadership method.
Chamber Board of Directors member Amy James, who works with Maier at the college, introduced the guest as a can-do person with a positive attitude. James said Maier values the Clinton community as a whole for what it offers….