Maria Thibeault is entering her 15th year in education, and her 5th year with the High Tech North County community. Prior to joining High Tech, she has served as either a classroom teacher, reading specialist, or instructional coach in public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, North Carolina, and New Mexico. In the last few years, she has found her calling in supporting the dyslexic community and is now a Certified Academic Language Therapist. Maria strives to provide a learning environment that honors her scholars’ neurodiversity, humanity, and gifts. Her students and their families become very special individuals in her life and it is an honor to co-create their journey in learning to read.
Maria has an irrational fear of spiders of any size, a significantly poor sense of direction despite a love for traveling, and pesky allergies of apple & pumpkin which significantly impact autumnal festivities. She has successfully taught her 3 year old son to spider-scan the corners of any room upon entering, and she manages to get a few laughs and eye rolls from her husband along the way. She strives to live each day with intention and community, and her favorite quote was seen in an athletic store bathroom stall: “May that which matters the most never give way to that which matters the least.”