Welcome!

I’m often asked the question, “How do you do it ALL?” The question I’m rarely asked is, “Why?” “Why do you choose to teach first grade while writing for Scholastic, providing professional development across the country, teaching graduate classes, and having a life?”

I do it ALL because, together, the range of experiences strengthens my craft. My first graders make me think, renew my energy, and reinforce my commitment to bringing joy and passion to our demanding profession.

My hope is that you will find something here to spark an idea, make you ponder or question, prompt a conversation with a colleague, and inspire you to run back to your classroom to share with your students! As with everything in our profession, this site is a work in progress. So, please check back, now and then, to see what I’ve added.

Thanks for your commitment to helping children grow and learn!

Signed Maria

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