Hi, My name is Maria. I am a mom to three wonderful kiddos, ages 13, 11, and 7. My family and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. We love the beauty of the desert southwest.
I am a former bilingual primary teacher and elementary mathematics coach. I worked in schools in Houston, Boston, and Phoenix. While working for Boston Public Schools, I had the opportunity to complete a M.Ed. in Learning and Teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
I recently finished a M.Ed. in Gifted Education at Arizona State University. For the last 10 years I have focused on encouraging and supporting my children’s interests and passions. We have a creative learning space in our home where we spend time together making messes, exploring materials, and creating.
I believe the learning environment is as important as what and how we teach. Given the space and time to pursue their interest, children learn naturally. The learning environment can encourage imagination, creativity, and independence or it can stifle growth. We have the ability to create a learning space and atmosphere in our home that allows children to pursue their interests.
I created Guided Learning blog to share our creative space and how we follow our interests. The Guided Learning site will contain resources and links to other educators and creative persons I am inspired by. I believe learning should be based on a child’s strengths and interests.
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