Maya Stepney is a history teacher at Hotten Academy who is currently in a relationship with David Metcalfe following the breakdown of her marriage to local GP, Liam Cavanagh. She has also been grooming David's fifteen-year-old former step-son and also her pupil Jacob Gallagher.
2018: Arrival in EmmerdaleEdit
In March 2018, Maya, Liam and Liam's daughter Leanna went for dinner at David's Shop as shop owner David Metcalfe wanted to suck up to Liam as he was on the judging panel for the Hotten Retail Awards. Everyone was enjoying themselves until David's wife Tracy, thinking David was ashamed of her, blurted out she used to work as a prostitute. Maya, Liam and Leanna made their excuses and left.
2018: Relationship with DavidEdit
Maya and David began meeting again in June 2018, and Maya confided in David that she and Liam were having marital problems. She and David bonded over their marital problems, and began an affair. However, Liam found out and nearly punched David. Tracy also discovered the pair together and told David that she no longer wanted a reconciliation. Despite this, David and Maya struck up an affair. However, not long after. David told his father Eric Pollard that his relationship with Maya was a mistake. Maya found out that Tracy had terminated his child without his knowledge, and comforted David, leading to a vulnerable David to sleep with Maya again.
Maya and Liam divorced and Maya found herself homeless as Liam had sold their house, which was in his name. David allowed Maya to move in and she agreed, until David mistook Maya for Leyla Harding and pounced on her. Maya was reluctant to trust David again and found somewhere else to live temporarily.
When student Noah Dingle was forced out of his home by Kim Tate, Maya felt sympathetic towards Noah and gave him an opportunity to talk to someone. Maya helped Noah whilst his mother was busy at her granddaughter's bedside, doing things such as helping Noah home. Maya's employer Jessie Grant was concerned with the way Maya and Noah's relationship would look and, despite David's step-son Jacob Gallagher and David defending her, Maya was instructed to see Jessie in her office after school the next day.