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Maria Montoya

2019 NACSA Leader

Manager of School and Community Partnerships, Grand Valley State University Charter School Office

Maria Montoya is the Manager of School & Community Partnerships at Grand Valley State University’s Charter School Office (CSO) in Detroit, MI. Maria is an enrollment, engagement, and communication specialist with a background in assisting authorizers/district leaders in developing systems and strategies to improve access and transparency.

Prior to moving to Michigan, Maria worked for the Recovery School District (RSD) in New Orleans as the Director of Enrollment and Student & Family Services. She helped lead the creation of the district’s unified enrollment process. Maria was additionally a member of the RSD team responsible for launching the city’s first citywide truancy center, and early childhood care and education enrollment processes.

She is a former journalist who received her Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Florida. This spring, Maria will earn a M.Ed from GVSU’s College of Education.

When not in school or helping improve the quality of Michigan schools, Maria can be found at the cooperative bookstore (Book Suey) that she, and several book loving friends, opened in 2017.


Most Recent Posts
Holding Up a Mirror: What to Expect at 2021 NACSA Virtual Leadership Conference for Charter School Authorizers
As educators, we need to recognize the significance of this moment for charter school authorizers. The pandemic has interrupted schooling for millions of children–widening achievement and opportunity gaps that we...
Wyoming Gets a New Authorizer Is the Headline, But There’s More to the Story
Last month we touched on a Wyoming bill, SF130, which created a new authorizing pathway in the state. But there is more to the bill that deserves to be highlighted: through a comprehensive overhaul, SF130...
Amid Change, Our Autonomy and Community Are Our Strength
This blog post was written by Dr. Sana Shaikh, who served until this spring as Director of School Operations at Rise Prep High School, an autonomous school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Rise...