Toddler Teacher Assistant
After immigrating to the U.S., Maria became engaged in her children’s education as a classroom volunteer and was encouraged by her child’s teacher to enroll in child development courses. She completed community college courses and then, in 2019, enrolled in the first Jobs to Grow cohort. After graduating from the program, she established a home-based family childcare business which currently operates on weekends. During the week, she works as a Toddler Teacher Assistant in GFS’ toddler center. As a cancer survivor, mother, and childcare advocate, Maria continues to serve her community by caring for children and inspiring parents to stay engaged in their children’s education.