Working with young children isn’t just something Maria enjoys; it is a fire that burns deep in her soul. Born and raised in Baja California, Mexico, Maria moved to the United States 28 years ago after marrying a U.S. serviceman. Her early education career spans over two decades and two countries. She has taught in many different pre-school programs in both the United States and Mexico, where she first became a teacher.
In the fall of 2009, Maria began a stint working for the Children’s Center. Since then, she has become a staple in the yellow (Toddlers) room, where she has been a linchpin from day 1. Visitors to the center will also find her leading the Spanish Immersion Lunch Program during the summer months.
Maria and her husband are the proud parents of two children, Rebecca and Todd Jr. A recent graduate of San Jose State University, Rebecca is starting her California Credential Student Teaching this fall. Todd Jr. is following in his mother’s footsteps by heeding the call of his three passions: working, writing, and making his own music. A feline Sushi is also a member of the Parker clan. When not at work, Maria enjoys domestic pursuits like gardening, cooking, exercising, and just being a homebody. She also likes to travel, cherishes outdoor activities, and delights in the time she spends with the children, staff, and families of the Children’s Center.