Maria Rives

Guest Blogger


Houston, Texas

Maria Rives is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Maria is a social studies teacher at Stephen F. Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD, where she teaches AP World History. At her previous campus, she has served as social studies department chair, a district curriculum writer for U.S. history and psychology, a district Professional Learning Community teacher leader, and a mentor teacher for new teachers. Maria was Harmony School of Ingenuity’s Teacher of the Year in 2014 and was named the 2018 Angelo State University Applied Psychology Student of the Year. She earned a BA in History from the University of Houston and an MS in Applied Psychology from Angelo State University.


Posted Oct. 26, 2018

No Teacher Should Be an Island

I didn’t quite understand what it meant to be an “island” until I started teaching eight years ago. For years,…

By Maria Rives

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Posted Aug. 19, 2019

Here’s How Trump Is Making It Harder to Integrate Schools

This summer, integrated schools heated up as a campaign issue when Kamala Harris called out Joe Biden for his 1970s stance on mandated busing as…

By Miriam Rollin

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Posted Aug. 20, 2019

If We Care for Kids, We Can’t Shut Down Teachers Who Truly Want to Do Better by Them

This teacher said a thing and I thought all hell would break loose.  It happened last week when my 8 Black Hands crew recorded a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 21, 2019

It’s OK, You Can Teach For America

In 2013, Sandra Korn, then a senior at Harvard and a contributor to the student newspaper The Crimson, wrote an article telling her peers “Don’t…

By Allie Donahue

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