Meet the Staff

Maria Chou, founder and president of Bay Area School of Etiquette, is passionate about teaching children. She has been working with children for over ten years. Maria was a teacher before graduating with a Masters in Child Development from the University of Pittsburgh. Maria had the opportunity to work with the late Mister Rogers on Mister Roger's Neighborhood. After the birth of her children, Maria was a stay-at-home Mom, involved in projects at school and community. She kept busy with all kinds of important and detail-oriented jobs such as fundraiser, community volunteer, AWANA speaker, room parent, gymnastic mom, as well as full-time mother, wife and  homemaker. Maria is happily married to her beloved husband for more than a decade and they have two delightful children. Maria is an instructor with the Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation. Maria also conducts Seminars with the Lyceum Gifted Children Association in Santa Clara. Maria curently receives mentorship from Sue Fox, author of Etiquette For Dummies and Business Etiquette For Dummies. Maria trained as an etiquette consultant at the prestigious American School of Protocol that has been featured on FOX, ABC, CBS, CNN and the BBC.




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