Maria is a primary teacher and it’s the light bulb moments which has kept her in this craft over the past 20 years. Prior to that she worked in administration for 18 years, including Public Relations. In-between, she completed her Bachelor of Education and then Bachelor of Journalism where she wrote over 100 stories including front pages for — The Townsville Bulletin – ‘O Negative blood needed for premature babies’ and The Sun Community Newspaper – ‘V8 engine drivers headbutting with Police’ with byline Maria Gibbs.

Maria also worked as a publicity assistant during Townsville’s VP50  interviewing veterans and writing stories in the Townsville Bulletin (Dear John Letter, Nurses of War etc.,).

She has traveled extensively around the world, written numerous reviews on Tripadvisor as ‘mpare5’, and according to their stats some 50 000 travellers have seen her reviews as at Sept 2017.

As an amateur photographer she takes photos ‘which make her look twice’ on Instagram.

After 5 years with Toastmasters International, she crushed her fear of public speaking and then spent 20 years teaching.

Maria has enjoyed writing so much, she started a blog where she shares ideas, learns for others and captures moments from her family’s life.

She’s the oldest of seven, Aunt to 20 nieces and nephews and proud mother to one son – who’s way taller than her.

All-in-all, to quote my Dad, ‘Any day above ground is a good day.’


Maria Parenti-Baldey, primary teacher, writer, amateur photographer and blogger at  www.bigsisterblogs.com