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.