By Micaela Rodriguez Steube
Photo By Ella Haun
A familiar face will soon be leaving Pinewood. Tina Maier is Pinewood’s school counselor, psychology teacher, and Fabric Arts guru.
After 15 years of being Pinewood’s emotional go-to, Maier has decided to retire and pursue textile arts. Maier and her husband will be selling their current home and moving to Grass Valley-Nevada City.
“The one thing that I will miss personally is probably the teaching,” Maier said.
But Maier won’t be leaving the classroom quite yet.
“I’m probably going to be teaching art in a volunteer basis working with at-risk youth,” Maier said.
Maier, a textile artist, and her husband, a musician, are both planning on continuing to teach youth after their retirement.
“It would just be nice to spend the last third of my life being able to pursue being an artist,” Maier said.
After having worked as a psychologist for 24 years, Maier is looking forward to a lower stress lifestyle where she and her husband can both pursue what they love.
“It’s really all about sewing,” Maier said. “I’ve won best in show in a big show in New York.”
Her work will also be featured locally in her first solo show, which will appear in a Mountain View gallery in September.
Though excited about her pursuit of art, Maier will also miss Pinewood.
“This is a wonderful place … I’ve made good friends that I hope to keep for a lifetime,” Maier said.
During her time at Pinewood, Maier worked closely with Kimberly Hudson, head of the Wellness Committee.
“Maier has really made a difference in our community,” Hudson said.
She particularly emphasized how Maier’s dedication has provided support to Pinewood students in coping with the stress of living in Silicon Valley.
“I’ve seen our students benefit from having Maier as a resource when they really need someone to talk to,” Hudson said.
Maier’s contribution to the wellness of the Pinewood community has been felt not only by students, but also her colleagues.
“I’ve really enjoyed her sense of humor, her directness and openness,” Hudson said.
In her retirement, Maier is most excited to have more time with her family. Of her three children, one is married with two kids, one is planning her wedding, and one is engaged. Between weddings and grandchildren, Maier will have no problem keeping busy.
Maier has greatly enjoyed her time at Pinewood and is honored to end her career as a counselor here.
“I don’t have too many regrets in life. Everything led to now, and now is great,” Maier said.
“We’ll miss her, and I hope we find someone equally as dedicated to the health of our students,” Hudson said.