by Puerto Rican Cultural Center staff
Maria Almanza is the teacher of the Flamboyan group, the toddler classroom at the Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer, She’s worked at Centro Infantil since 2011 and is also a full time student at St. Augustine College. She never thought she would be where she is today. She says it has been a blessing and a great opportunity to strive for and accomplish her dreams of continuing her education. At times, it has been difficult for her to play multiple roles: full time wife, mother, worker, and student. However, her motivation to keep on moving forward has been the support from her wonderful husband and daughters. They have been her rock and the reason to continue her education.
She wants to show her daughters that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. This was a way for her to open doors for better opportunities and educate herself in Early Childhood Development, empower her daughters to continue their education, be themselves, and not to let others bring them down. Also, with her education, she will be able to better implement strategies and guide the children and the families she works with at Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer, The Child Care emphasizes helping children feel proud of what they are and where they come from. She feels she is in a good position to do this with all the trainings and classes taken at Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer. Because of this, she will be table to prepare our children for a better future. Thanks to all her hard work, in December she received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and will be continuing with classes to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.