|Bio:||Maura has volunteered and worked in educational settings from elementary to high school since she was an undergraduate in anthropology at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, she taught reading and was a mentor for Native American and Migratory students in Northern Michigan. She then entered the Peace Corps in Belize City, Belize, where she worked for two years in youth development within high school counseling programs. Upon returning to the U.S., she earned a Master's degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education while working in Boston Public Schools, focusing on Human Development and Psychology and Urban Education. She then moved to Washington D.C. and worked in a public charter school as a fifth and sixth grade teacher, integrating issues of social justice into her classroom. |
As a CEMELA doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona since the fall of 2005, her classes, research and teaching have focused on integrating issues of equity and social justice in elementary mathematics learning settings as well as in elementary mathematics methods classrooms for pre-service teachers. Her current dissertation work focuses on incorporating social justice into an after-school mathematics learning setting for young Latinas.