Original Degrassi: Season 2
She was first seen In the episode Stage Fright, having first been seen one day at the end of school time. She was shown to be leaving the water fountain when Caitlin Ryan walked up to drink from the water fountain. As she was preparing to leave, she politely warned Caitlin to watch her feet so she wouldn't accidentally run over her feet and hurt her. She and Caitlin knew each other, but they weren't friends yet.Maya was next seen in the episode ...He's Back, that morning Scooter announced to the class that Ms. Avery was sick and that they would be getting a substitute teacher. Then a few of her classmates mentioned the funny tricks and schemes they could pull on the the substitute teacher. Then she suggested that halfway through class she would yell flood drill, and have everyone jump on top of their desks. This was before she and her class realized that their substitute teacher would be the handsome Mr. Colby, completely unaware at the time what his true colours were.
Original Degrassi: Season 3
In Season's Greetings, at lunchtime Kathleen asked her what she and her family were planning to do for the Christmas Holidays. She told Kathleen that she and her family didn't celebrate Christmas. Instead they celebrated Hanukkah and Kathleen asked her what it was and as they went to sit down she explained it to her.
Original Degrassi: Season 4
Maya Goldberg came to Degrassi High School in September 1989 along with all her classmates and friends.
In A New Start, she was first seen at school looking for her classes and she met up Caitlin who asked her how families recent barbecue went. She told Caitlin It was wonderful and invited her to come the next barbecue. Next they went to pay their students fees to Claude Tanner who was collecting the money for the school. Later on she and Caitlin were seen leaving Mr. Wozniak's Computer class. She then told Caitlin how much she didn't yet understand how to use computers. As they were leaving Claude introduced himself to Caitlin and she introduced herself to him. As they left Maya teased her saying "I think he likes you".
In the episode Dream On, she was first seen that day in french class. Then at lunch time as Caitlin sat down to have lunch with her she told her not to eat the soup because she thought it was made from rats, grossing Caitlin out a little bit. Then she commented to Caitlin that she was really beginning to spend a lot of time with Claude. At first Caitlin told her that they had a lot in common and they were just friends. Then she remarked to him that he was cute possibly hinting the fact that he could be a potential older mature boyfriend one day. She then told Maya that Joey was always thinking about just himself or his band. She then Told Caitlin that it sounded to her like she and Joey were almost finished she then told Maya she could be right. Later that afternoon she and Caitlin were finishing work at the end of class when Arthur asked Caitlin when he and her were going to work on their class assignment together. As he left she could tell by his smiling and his stammering that he had a crush on Caitlin and Maya teased Caitlin a little about it. Later at the end of the day Caitlin wanted to ask Maya what to tell Joey to break off a date with him. She told Caitlin to think of Joey's feelings and how it would feel if someone broke a date with her to go on a date with someone else. Then she mentioned that she felt that she thought Caitlin was afraid of losing Joey in case things wouldn't work out with Claude.
In Everybody Wants Something, as they were heading into the school, she saw Caitlin barely talk with much enthusiasm to Joey and not want to go on yet another date with him she reminded her it was time to tell him about Her and Claude. Later that day around lunch time she found Caitlin spending yet again more time with Claude and she reminded her that she should break up with Joey before she and Claude became too serious and that she shouldn't lead Joey on thinking she still loved him when the truth was she no longer did. Then Caitlin under stress and pressure being torn two way between getting over Joey and her new feelings for Claude told her without thinking what would you know about how to treat boys anyways. Maya was almost in tears and really offended and began to take off. Then Caitlin caught up with her and apologized and once again tried to convinced her that they were just friends and they had not even kissed yet. Then she asked Caitlin if she did want him to kiss her and caitlin nodded her head to say maybe, then she told her how hurt joey was going to feel when she dumped him. Later on after Maybe finally saw Caitlin and Claude have their first kiss she told him now it was time to break up with Joey so Caitlin went and did what she had to do.
In Just Friends, Maya made friends with Diana Economopoulos, Melanie Brodie and Kathleen Mead and joined their little club called the "have not club". To be in the club they had to not be popular and not have a boyfriend and the objective was to get out of the club. She then explained that the man of her dreams would have to be a doctor who loved her so much he would devote his life by finding a cure for spina bifida. Later that day at the end of the day her friends wanted to know if she wanted to go and get some donuts with them. She couldn't go because her mother comes to pick her up from school at 3:45pm. Then she arranged to go for donuts with them the next Monday and would ask her mom to pick her up later that day. The next Monday morning she heard her friends reciting lines from a popular current movie that was playing around Degrassi. But her friends revealed to her that they had to take the bus and that the theatre was not wheelchair accessible possibly hinting they might not have wanted to be seen with her. She got mad at them and told them not to assume she couldn't go to a movie theatre and she might not have been able to go to that one they went to the other night but there are several others around Degrassi that she can go too and just because she was in a wheelchair doesn't mean she's incapable, and that despite what they might have thought, there are many things that she actually can do just well as they can do. Also her mother would have given them all a ride to the movie theatre. Also she told them she felt like they were patronizing her about how what she was able to do and unable to do and she takes off. Then Melanie and the rest of them went over and apologized to her.
In All in a Good Cause, Maya asked Caitlin if she was coming to take part in class car wash to raise money for UNICEF and their class and another grade nine class were having a contest to see who raised the most money. Caitlin told her she couldn't because she and Claude once again already planned to do something for people for peace. Maya then mad and annoyed revealed to Caitlin that she had been spending far too much time lately with just her boyfriend and she seemed to shutting all her friends out of her life. The next day Maya along with her classmates took part in their class car wash, washing Mr. Raditch's car him being one of the classes only customers. Later when Arthur suggested they take bets and T.P Mr. Webster's house to raise more money to beat their rivaling class she commented on how it wouldn't be fair to do it to Mr. Webster when he was sick. So she and the class all agreed for it to be done to Mr. Raditch's Tree. The next day at school she commented to Caitlin how great it would be to see the look on Mr. Raditch's face when he saw his house all covered in toilet paper she once again blows her off to talk to Claude.
In Testing One, Two, Three..., she wanted to go with Caitlin for her court appearance but she couldn't break off a doctor's appointment which had taken months in advance to arrange. After much thought and consideration and realizing not even Claude who got Caitlin arrested for what he was doing would not even show up to court with her, Maya decided to cancel her doctor's appointment and go to court with Caitlin and support her.
In Stressed Out, Maya and her classmates were writing end of the year finale exams. That day she met with Caitlin and Diana preparing to write their English class exam. After the final exam was over she and her friends went to clean out their lockers, and she invited Caitlin and Diana to come visit her during the summer time at her families cottage. Later as Caitlin tells Maya and Diana that Ms. Avery had been fired she suggested throwing her a going away surprise party. The next day as she and Diana got permission to hold the party in the resource center and the told Caitlin they were thinking of getting her a clock as a present, Caitlin rudely and with anger told her she didn't care and to get her anything they wanted and she wasn't going to go to the party when she left Maya and Diana look confused as to what made Caitlin so mad at Ms. Avery. A few days later on that weeks Friday she and her classmates and friends and many of Ms. Avery's snuck into the resource center to set up the going away surprise party for Ms. Avery. Then she and everyone there had a wonderful going away party with Ms. Avery.
Original Degrassi: Season 5
In Loyalties, Maya along with her friends Diana, Kathleen and Melanie were helping Caitlin plan something special for Caitlin's parents' 20th wedding anniversary after Melanie suggested "Le bistro" Maya agreed to go with Caitlin after school to check it out and make the reservations. After school that day when they went to the restaurant just as she and Caitlin got inside she pointed out to her from afar that her day was there. They hid not to be seen and ruin the surprise of Caitlin planning the dinner. Then Maya pointed out to Caitlin that her father was with another woman at first thinking maybe it was Mr. Ryan's secretary. Caitlin told her he didn't have one and when they saw them kissed they realized Mr. Ryan was having an affair. The Next day when she and Caitlin spoke more about what they saw happen the other day, Maya told her not to jump to conclusions and maybe there was a reason they kissed and that she should talk about it with her dad to give him a reason to explain.
In A Tangled Web, Maya was worried about Caitlin because she wasn't eating her lunch again. Also she had not seen her eat for a couple days now. Caitlin at first snapped at her "since were at you my mother ?", Then she apologized for being rude and explained she was so upset about her father's affair and she asked Maya if she should talk to her older brother and her mother about it. Maya once again suggested Caitlin to talk about it with her father first. The next day Maya told Caitlin that she should follow her parents' advice and try and let them work out their own problems and she invited Caitlin over to her house that night until her mother would come home because Caitlin had been so upset about her lying, cheating father that she didn't want to confront him about his affair alone that night, even though later on it turned out her mother still wasn't back home when she got home for the night.
In The All Nighter, Maya and her friends were talking about the surprise birthday party they had been planning for Diana Economopoulos' sweet 16 birthday that night. That night at Melanie Brodie's House she and her friends had decorated the room all nice for the surprise birthday party and when Diana came in she and her friends revealed to her it was a surprise sleepover birthday party. Later at the party Maya and the girls began to reveal some secrets about some guys they were interested in. Maya then revealed she had feelings for Yick Yu and thought that he had very nice eyes. But she didn't feel that she wasn't very attractive. Also she was completely unaware that at another house at Luke Matthews all night poker game, that Yick Yu also revealed he had some feelings for her too and also thought she had nice eyes. Then out of curiosity, Melanie asked her if she ever got married, would she be able to have sex. Maya revealed to them all that yes she could and she might not been able to feel it and enjoy it as much as they all could, but that lots of people with spina bifida do get married and have children. Then she laughed and said with humor she would just have to make her man work a little harder. A little later she and her friends were preparing their sleeping bags and blankets when they decided to play a truth or dare game. Kathleen took out two joints and dared her to try Marijuana. All the other girls except Caitlin began to smoke and share the joints Maya wanted to smoke it to try it just once, but after she first inhaled it she coughed and choked and didn't feel that good and wanted no more.
In Extracurricular Activities, it was Friday and she and Caitlin were not too psyched about Mr. Webster giving their class yet another difficult science review test the next Monday. She also invited Caitlin to come over to her house and to stay for dinner that night. That day when school ended as she and Caitlin left the school they were making fun and of Mr. Webster and doing good impressions of his voice, when Caitlin's mother showed up at the school. Maya briefly left Caitlin alone to talk with her mother. A few days later one evening at Maya's house as Maya was in her room feeding her pet gerbils, Caitlin was there too upset and mad that her parent's weren't getting a divorce and were staying together after her father had an affair. She convinced Caitlin to trust her father and give him a chance and to believe in them and that they were going to try and put it all behind them.
In Showtime (1), Maya was on her way with Caitlin to the school's auditorium , Claude had seen them and tried to get back together with Caitlin but was once again shrugged off. "He doesn't give up it's been over a year since you stopped going out she said", I wish he would just go away Caitlin told her, both unaware how soon their wish would come true. Maya watched her fellow students audition in the auditorium including Claude's depressing attention seeking monologue. Later that day while she and Caitlin went to their lockers, she hinted to Caitlin that Claude was there and wanted to speak to her again and offer her a white rose and say good-bye. She was also completely unaware that he meant good-bye as in good-bye forever as he was about to commit suicide. Then she went back to auditorium with Caitlin and gave her support and wished her good luck as Caitlin auditioned the talent show. Later on she along with her classmates were all in horror and shock as Mr. Walfish told them all that Claude had just committed suicide. Later as classes were all cancelled she tried to help Caitlin understand that it wasn't her fault that he killed himself, and that he did it because he was messed up and had a lot of problems.
In Showtime (2), the day after Claude's suicide Maya told Caitlin that she heard that Claude's parent's were having a closed funeral.
In One Last Dance, with Degrassi High School closing down for renovations and repairs that summer, Maya attended Degrassi High School's last school dance with just some of her close friends. She and Caitlin showed up very late and they thought Joey got tired of waiting for Caitlin and left. Maya looked around the school for him but she didn't know where he was. She encouraged Caitlin not to leave the dance just because they thought he left and got tired of waiting, but to stay and just have fun with her and their friends until Joey appeared as Caitlin was about to leave.
Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 1
In Mother and Child Reunion (2), Maya attended the Degrassi High School reunion in August 2001.
- She was the first Maya in the Degrassi Franchise. Maya Matlin is the second.
- She was the first of five characters in the franchise to end up in a wheelchair. The other five are Nadia Yamir, Jimmy Brooks, Trina Brooks, Mr. Ehl and Margaret Matlin.
- She is Jewish.
- In The All Nighter, Maya mentioned that she had a crush on Yick Yu. She did not realise that Yick felt the same way about her.
Alex • Alexa • Archie • Arthur • B.L.T. • Bartholomew • Caitlin • Christine • Raditch • Wheels • Erica • Heather • Joey • Karen • Kathleen • L.D. • Liz • Lucy • Maya • Melanie • Michelle • Rick • Scooter • Shane • Simon • Stephanie • Susie • Voula • Yick
Alex • Alexa • Archie • Arthur • B.L.T. • Bartholomew • Bronco • Caitlin • Christine • Raditch • Wheels • Diana • Dwayne • Erica • Heather • Joey • Karen • Kathleen • L.D. • Liz • Lucy • Maya • Melanie • Michelle • Scooter • Simon • Tessa • Yick