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Maria Villarreal
Teaching Artist

Maria Villarreal was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Boston College with a BA in English and Hispanic Studies. After college, she entered a Teaching Fellowship with Citizen Schools where she taught in Boston Public Schools while also earning her Masters in Education from Lesley University. This led her to become a Literacy Advisor with ReadBoston, coaching educators on best literacy practices and recommending awesome books to anyone she came across! Upon returning to Chicago, Maria found a home with Boundless Readers as Program Director for teacher professional development. From there she found her love of amplifying student voice with 826CHI as their Director of Programs for four amazing years. Maria is now back in the classroom teaching high school English at Noble Street College Prep. She loves working alongside teachers, students, schools, and communities and is thrilled to continue to be part of the 826CHI team as a Teaching Artist for Teen Writers Studio. Maria also loves reading, yoga, music, all kinds of TV/Movies, and reading on the beach!

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