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Hi! I am Mariana
I am responsible for all the fun and learning happening here. I am originally from Costa Rica but currently live in Orlando. I am on my 21 year of teaching, but it still feels like day one. I am passionate about what I do, and I LOVE education. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching with a major in Gifted and Talented Education.
Even though I have very little experience teaching in a classroom setting, I’ve been involved in the educational field for many years. I used to run a small after school educational business back in CR, Desarrollando Mentes, for 8 years. It was a small afternoon program- therapy clinic. I’ve also been a consultant for Learning Without Tears for over 14 years now and also contributed to Really Great Reading company. I’ve developed a lot of curriculum, ranging from grades PPK-5th. I love to create play-based learning and nurturing experiences and also develop project based learning opportunities.
I believe in differentiated instruction; there’s no limit when it comes to learning. I have to tell you that I am enjoying every single minute of my current project: The Learning Garage. It is a dream come true to be able to put together all my knowledge and share it with the world and especially with my daughter Elena.
My ultimate goal is to rethink Education for the 21st Century through play.
I hope you enjoy my journey and become a play advocate with me.