The Oceanographers

Maria

Maria is originally from North Bergen, New Jersey. She has three brothers and two sisters. Being the oldest girl helped Maria realize that working with children was something that came naturally to her so she began babysitting her younger siblings and cousins as often as she could. When her parents adopted a 2 month old little girl in the summer of 2009, Maria took care of her until she was 5 months old. After her sister, Alexa, was put in daycare, Maria decided she wanted to continue to care for infants. She began working in childcare when she was a 17 and a senior in high school. She worked in a center for four years before she came to us here at TLS. She graduated from Riverside High School in 2010 and is still working on her college degree. She has recently decided she wants to pursue a career in occupational therapy! During her spare time, you’ll find her with her brothers and sisters, Alex, Luis, Alberto, Lesley, Alexa, her parents, or her friends. She loves music and local restaurants. Maria has enjoyed working with the age groups of infants, toddlers, and pre-k. To her, the most rewarding thing about working in childcare is knowing you’ve helped children learn new things everyday and watching them grow.

 

Will

Will was born in Park Ridge, Illinois but grew up in Mount Prospect (Illinois), Suwanee (Georgia), and Raleigh (North Carolina). Despite being born in the United States, Will is also a citizen of Switzerland. Being the third of six children, he realized early on his connection with kids; helping his mom with his three younger siblings while his dad would travel on business. Will graduated from William G. Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh in 2011 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and in Women’s & Gender Studies; graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2015. In college he served as captain of the UNCG Spartan Cheerleading Squad and served on the Executive Board of Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity, Inc. Along with being a member of the TLS family, Will is a company dancer with the Greensboro Ballet and also teaches dance and gymnastics. When he’s not teaching or dancing, you can find Will at the closest coffee shop, keeping the peace during college basketball season (Mom went to Carolina & Dad went to Duke), vacationing at his family’s chalet in the Blue Ridge Mountains, volunteering with his mom at The Diaper Train at St. Saviour’s, running at the Duke Wall, and eating at local restaurants. Will loves working with all different ages of children and is so grateful to have been welcomed with open arms into The Little School at Duke family!

 

Jasmine H.