Virginia Preschool Initiative
As a VPI teacher, I am very excited to be part of the Arlington Traditional family. My role as an educator is to provide a safe, and caring environment to my students while helping them develop a love for learning. I aim to create a classroom environment that will challenge my students to grow cognitively, socially and emotionally, while providing opportunities to work independently and collaboratively with their peers. I look forward to supporting and collaborating with the Pre-K team for the common benefit of our students and families. In my role as a teacher, I promise to work to form strong relationships with my students’ families so that I learn how to best help their children learn.
I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. I got my B.A. in Early Childhood Education at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUC). After getting my degree I participated in an exchange program between PUC and The George Washington University (GWU) where I received my Master of Arts in Education and Human Development. During that time, I worked at the university’s “Logical Thinking Program” with children 3 to 5 years old. Then worked at the day care center at the Department of Education in Washington, DC and for the American Psychological Association with a travel exhibit as a “PlaySpace” Coordinator. I have been part of APS for 23 years, and I am very excited to continue to be in this gratifying profession and become a part of the community at Arlington Traditional.
Growing up with six siblings and a very close extended family, I learned the importance of family values and close relationships. When I was growing up, my family traveled by car all around Peru. I have now become an avid traveler who loves to go to new places and learn all that I can. During the summer if I am not traveling, I spend my time at the beach with family, friends, and a good book.
One of my favorite books is “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. As a teacher, it is important for me to teach the art of giving to my children, and this book tells a very simple story with a strong message. I used to read this book to my own children when they were young and I like sharing this message with my students, too.