Hi! I'm Dr. Chris Maria
I am an award-winning author and keynote speaker in the Upstate of SC. I deliver engaging and meaningful presentations to schools, colleges and universities, conferences, and community organizations.
I am a former public school English teacher and college professor. I received my Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
My research focuses on improving education for teen mothers (pregnant and parenting students), and I am the award-winning author of Helping Teen Moms Graduate: Strategies for Families, Schools, and Community Organizations (published as Christine M. Stroble, Rowman & Littlefield).
I am the founder of Teen Moms Anonymous, a support group program for pregnant and parenting teens ages 15-19 and women who have been teen moms. I knew from my research, professional and personal experience that many teen moms and women who have been teen moms are emotionally wounded and need emotional support. I created Teen Moms Anonymous to give them a safe place to support each other.
I am myself the daughter of a teen mom, and I share my personal story of overcoming a difficult relationship with my mother in my inspiring memoir (forthcoming 2025), Daughter of a Teen Mom: A Daughter's Journey to Understanding Her Mother's Story.
I live in the Upstate of SC with my teenage son.
Founder of Teen Moms Anonymous
I am the founder of Teen Moms Anonymous, a support group program for pregnant and parenting teens ages 15-19 and women who have been teen moms. Teen Moms Anonymous is a safe place where participants can (1) meet others who have walked a similar path, (2) find emotional and moral support, and (3) learn skills and find resources to help them grow into a more confident, skilled woman and mother.
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