Montero Mari

Montero Mari

Preschool Teacher

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Took ECE courses at a Junior College and discovered I really like the subject.
I became a Site Supervisor in the Head Start program.
I was hired as a Head Start teacher at age 19.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Child Development.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Child Development
University of La Verne

Career

Preschool Teacher

I teach young children and provide parent education.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Travel
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Every day can be quite different from the next. The children arrive to the classroom and they are greeted by the teacher, our routine stays the same but the children's moods affect the plan for the day. We move along the routine in snack, meetings, outside time, small group, work, clean-up, and story time. A great day is when parents leave happy and children are safe and excited to learn.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Physical stamina, ability to adapt and work with many different types of personalities and families of various social/economic/ethnic groups. Lots of patience. Flexibility. A heart for children and compassion. Time to plan and prepare for lessons and paperwork.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Spend time in a Early Childhood Education setting, classroom or in parent education.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Child Development
graduate
Graduate
Early Childhood Education
certification
Associate's Degree

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"Why are you still just a preschool teacher. Don't you want to teach Elementary?"