Anna Maria Guzman was born and raised in Sonoma County, Dr. Anna-Maria Guzman has spent the last 25 years working in the field of public education. Dr. Guzman is a first generation American; her father was an immigrant from Mexico who fought in World War II and, through the GI Bill, went back to school and became a college professor. He was instrumental in creating the first Black Student Union at SRJC and was actively involved in EOPS. Anna-Maria’s mother emigrated from Sweden – she too spent her career advocating for students as an English as a Second Language Counselor at Santa Rosa Junior College.
As education was the family business, it was not surprising that Anna followed the path of her parents into a career in Education. She began her career as a high school English teacher at Piner High School and Santa Rosa High School for 10 years. She then moved into administration, and has led the establishment of several dependent charter schools for Santa Rosa City Schools, most recently, the dual immersion Cesar Chavez Language Academy. Since 2015, Anna has held the role of the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for the district. Dr. Guzman has always put the needs of students first, her passion and mission in education are to provide equity and access for all students.