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 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 in May 2018 with an associates in early childhood education. She’ll be returning to school in the fall of 2019 for a Bachelors in education. 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 every day and watching them grow. She is Mom to three fur babies Kurama (cat), Sasuke (cat), and Sakura (maltipoo puppy).