Maria Horton is pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies at UVM. Her area of interest is how we can address socio-economic and mental health issues in schools to ensure educational access for students who live in poverty or have experienced trauma. She has over 13 years of elementary teaching and administrative experience, working with students from Pre-Kindergarten through college. She is the interim principal at Champlain Elementary School in Burlington. She holds an MBA from UVM, an M.Ed. with a focus on technology from St. Michael’s, and a BA in Psychology, also from UVM.