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Maria Vanoni

Reference Specialist


Maria Vanoni joined Isaacson, Miller in 2019 as a Reference Specialist on the advancement team. A career educator, she combines her training as an observer, her curious nature, and a commitment to the firm’s clients and search teams to deliver thorough and helpful research.

As an independent consultant to school districts across the U.S., agencies, and educational publishers, Maria has served as a trainer to thousands of teachers and administrators, in-classroom coach, conference presenter, project organizer, parent advocate, videographer, writer, and editor. Prior to consulting, Maria taught students at every grade level – from preschoolers with autism to graduate students earning their master’s degrees. Her multifaceted career has been devoted to using research-based explicit instruction, equipping teachers with tools and skills to deliver it, and maximizing achievement for all students regardless of their learning histories or zip codes.

Maria volunteers for a range of mission-driven nonprofits whose efforts focus on providing cancer support services, literacy, environmental protection, the arts, and strong communities. For 20 years, she also interviewed prospective freshmen to her alma mater. A Connecticut native, Maria earned an AB in psychology from Duke University and an MS from the University of Oregon, the home of Direct Instruction.