“I draw my inspiration from the students; especially when I see the thrill of discovery in their eyes. I know they are capable of so much.”
Maribel first came to the United States in 2000 for an internship in New Jersey before receiving her psychology degree in Lima. Not content to work in one capacity during her internship, Maribel volunteered at three additional organizations, working with abused and special-needs children, adolescents, and adults during her year-and-a-half abroad. Upon graduation, she was immediately offered a full-time position back in New Jersey. She accepted and developed curricula and taught as a preschool teacher until 2005, when she and her husband moved to the Bay Area. A year later, Maribel quit a high-paying job in Emeryville to pursue her passion of bilingual preschool education. She was hired as the director of the KSS program in 2006.
Maribel is an avid proponent of bilingual education and attends professional development classes throughout the year with her staff. “We learn as much as we can about new thinking in Early Childhood Development and techniques for advancing bilingualism.” She and her directors take a look at the curriculum several times a year to make sure the program fits the children’s needs and interests.
Maribel also believes in the importance of a strong partnership between the parents, teachers, and students. She is beloved by her incredible staff, the students, and parents in all three KSS locations.