AnnMarie has 20 years of experience in public speaking, vocal performance, and coaching. She has been a speech and debate coach for 16 years, the last 8 years at El Cerrito High, where her students have won prestigious awards at local, state, and national championships. The idea for The Practice Space came from her high school students, after years of hosting informal Sunday practice sessions in her living room. She performs with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and studied voiceover acting at Voicetrax Sausalito. AnnMarie also teaches public speaking at University of California, Berkeley as a Lecturer in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.
As a teacher and educational researcher, AnnMarie has focused primarily on middle school, high school, and higher education, beginning her career as a high school special education teacher in the Boston Public Schools. During her time as a professor of secondary education at San Francisco State University, she coached teachers, designed professional development, and wrote a book for a Teachers College Press series on disability, culture, and equity. In her role as Program Officer at Lucas Education Research, her educational research focuses on project-based learning, curriculum design, social and emotional learning, and developing student voice through inclusive environments and supportive relationships. AnnMarie received her PhD in Educational Psychology from University of Washington, Master's in Education Policy from Harvard, teaching credential from Boston Teacher Residency, and undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. She is a graduate of West Contra Costa Unified and is an El Cerrito resident. Most recently, AnnMarie also serves on the Board of Directors for the Buck Institute for Education, West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, and Center for Deeper Learning.