Maria Rivera

Maria Rivera is a Language Arts instructor in Chicago Public Schools, at Pilsen Community Academy.  She teaches English, English as a Second Language, Drama, and Reading. She works with a variety of literacy and arts based educational partners to build educational communities for her students and classrooms. Maria is a subject of the Emmy Award Winning documentary, The Homestretch, a film that follows Chicago’s homeless youth through education, housing, social, and familial issues.  Through her work via the film, she has become an advocate for homeless youth, having traveled across the country to discuss the film and the issues it brings to light.  Maria contributes a unique perspective to the public dialogue on the challenges these young people face, as an educator, and a formerly homeless student, herself.  She has worked with a variety of organizations to advocate for the proper care and treatment of young people, their caregivers and families, and educators.