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Florida’s 27th Congressional District

Meet Lucia Báez-Geller

Lucia Báez-Geller is an educator, community leader, and lifelong Floridian.

The daughter of a Colombian mother, and a Cuban father, Lucia saw the sacrifices her parents made to achieve the American Dream. Lucia’s father fled communism in Cuba in the 1980’s. He survived and found his way to America after spending a month living on the Peruvian embassy’s ground with almost no food or water. Finally, he was able to board a ship heading for America. Lucia was raised by her single mother, who worked multiple jobs to ensure Lucia got the best education possible.

As the first in her family to go to college, Lucia has seen first hand how the power of education can change lives. That’s why Lucia became a teacher for Miami’s public school system, teaching thousands of students English and Language Arts at Miami Beach Senior High from 2005 to 2020. In 2013, Lucia earned the Political Advocate of the Year Award from the National Education Association. Lucia has experience working with a variety of groups to improve access to high quality public education such as the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Media Ambassador for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and served as the Education Chair with the League of Women Voters.

Lucia’s passion for education and helping the community that built her prompted her to run for Miami-Dade County School Board District 3. Since 2020, Lucia has helped improve Miami-Dade’s public schools, keeping schools safe, protecting all students from extreme attacks, and ensuring students are prepared to level up in the classroom.

Lucia graduated from Spring Hill College in 2005 with a degree in English and secondary education and later earned a MS in English Education and an Education Specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Florida International University. Lucia and her husband David Geller are parents to a two year old daughter. Lucia is a lector and avid volunteer at St. Patrick Church in Miami Beach.