Maia Espinoza

Guest Blogger

Advocate

Olympia, Washington

Maia is a small business owner and Latino leadership advocate based in Olympia, Washington. With both of her parents enlisted in the military, Maia attended more than a dozen public schools across the country being one of the first of her family to earn her four-year degree. She strives to improve the K-12 and higher education policies that will benefit the communities she serves.

Maia enjoys attending concerts, elaborate cooking, yoga, bouldering and plays tennis in her spare time. She is the oldest of five siblings and has two children of her own.

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Posted Apr. 25, 2016

Latinos Need Accountability for Our Schools, Not More Charter School Debates

The current debate on the role of charter schools misses the mark. The notion that the entire K-12 public school…

By Maia Espinoza

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Posted Mar. 17, 2016

Stop the Politics, These Are Our Schools

I am very much like other Latinas throughout this nation—proud of my Latino heritage, proud of how I grew up,…

By Maia Espinoza

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Posted June 6, 2019
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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

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