Throughout the last 20 years, Maria Carlton has worked in a variety of schools across Teesside. The majority of her career has been spent in the Middlesbrough Authority as a teacher, Assistant Head and Deputy Headteacher. Maria was Headteacher at Wolviston Primary, Billingham moving the school from good in 2009 to outstanding in 2014 . In September 2015 Maria took up a new post at Bewley Primary School, Billingham. She is currently a member of Stockton Schools Forum and the Chair of the CPD group within the Campus Stockton Alliance.