Maura has been an educator for 43 years, and her first “classroom” was at the NJ School of Conservation as a Teaching Fellow in 1978. She has a BA in Secondary Education from Kutztown University and an MA in Environmental Studies from Montclair State University. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher, Maura was one of the first women to become a Wildlife Field Worker for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Game Division. Whether blazing trails for wildlife management areas, reintroducing a species to New Jersey, or catching pheasants to stock gamelands, she loved every minute of being outdoors. Maura retired from public education in 2021. Her experience as a middle school Civics teacher gave her a deep understanding of the connection between being a responsible and contributing citizen, by knowing the laws and conserving our natural world.