Born in Washington, DC, Maura Roberts grew up in Massachusetts.  Following graduation from college she taught in the Dracut Public Schools, the Virginia Beach, VA public schools, and Sea Pines Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina, before moving to Concord.  From 1989 until her retirement in 2002, she taught English at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) where she distinguished herself as an outstanding educator.  A master teacher and mentor to several new teachers in her department, Maura was respected and admired by her colleagues school-wide.  According to a member of her department, “she was the standard bearer of excellence in teaching” who “demanded outstanding work from her most academically challenged freshmen and her highest-achieving seniors alike.” 

Maura cared deeply about her students and constantly strove to find ways to engage them fully in the development of their English language skills while consistently challenging them to produce their best work possible.  She particularly enjoyed working with students for whom learning was difficult and inspired many to succeed beyond their expectations.  One of her former students said that “she taught me how to write a five-page analytical essay… and spent countless hours working with me outside of class on refining my writing skills.”  Maura opened new worlds of interest and ideas to her students through the literature she taught, helping them to become more critical readers.  She always had a suggestion for another “good read.”  She spent hours correcting papers with meaningful notes to tell students how they could improve their writing and to praise them for what they had done well. 

Maura’s family and friends established this Scholarship in her memory as a tribute to her enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning and her dedication and perseverance in drawing out the best from her students.