Maria has worked in education for more than thirty years. She is retired from the Anchorage School District where, for many of those years, she was a classroom teacher. Later in her career in Anchorage, she became a literacy and math coach for Title I schools. These days, Maria travels the United States helping districts and schools close the achievement gap by improving instruction. Maria believes in a collaborative coaching model, valuing the expertise her fellow educators bring to the work. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband, son, four rowdy chihuahuas and way too many books!