At the ripe, old age of 16, Maureen became her own college counselor. Her high school counselor seemed to be “phoning it in”, so she took initiative, did some research, and counseled her way into her dream school: The College of William & Mary. After earning her B.A. in History there, she co-founded Tribe College Outreach, a mentorship program that paired undergraduates with local high school students to help them through the college admission process. She then moved on to Hunter College to receive her M.S. in Elementary Education, and shortly after, was selected from a pool of 35,000 applicants for Teach for America. As a part of that initiative, she taught for two years at La Cima Elementary in Brooklyn, a NYC public school in a low-income community.
Maureen has served as a school counselor and intervention coordinator for Uncommon Schools North Star Academy in Newark, NJ, where she founded their Comprehensive School Counseling program; served as a case manager; and managed academic, personal, and crisis counseling services to support students. Most recently, she taught Social Studies at Forte Preparatory Charter School in Queens, NY.