Maria Perez Gali
I would like to introduce myself, Maria Perez Gali. I am the executive director of Circulo de Amigos. I was born and raised in a beautiful city, Tampico, Mexico.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in education with a major in Social Science. I graduate from the School of Superior Education in Tamaulipas. I really enjoy working in the field of education and being constantly active, exploring, learning, creating, innovating and executing ideas to improve the art of teaching.
I have been in the education field for the last 17 years and working in my own Spanish program since March 2003.
I consider a teacher’s role to be very important since we support the developmental growth and education of the child. I believe that kids should love to learn and be given many opportunities to feel successful in a safe educational and most natural environment to learn and grow. For this reason, I am always involved in the center’s activities and creating wonderful experiences for each child who walks through our doors.
I am very passionate about what I do and I am very serious about my profession! My favorite quote that reflects how much I love my career, and what I do, and inspires me to do more to waken the hearts of others is:
“I am not saying that I am going to change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will”.
My name is Tania Rivera and my experience working with children began in 2003, at a Circulo de Amigos family home child care.
I graduated from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and received my Early Childhood Education Associate’s Degree. Currently, I am perusing a Bachelor’s Degree at Metro State University in the urban teacher program.
I have learned so much from being active in the field of early education in both family home child care and center based settings. I would say my favorite part of my career is working with families and the children who need differentiated instruction, help teachers to modify proactively the curriculum, teaching approaches, learning activities, trainings, and student educational items to maximize the learning opportunities for each child in the center.
It is my goal to stay working in urban communities enriched with diversity, to provide the support and understanding I am able to offer.
Diana Rojas Paiba
I am Diana Carolina Rojas Paiba. I moved to Minneapolis, MN from Bogota, Colombia where I graduated with a Bachelors of arts in Marketing and Design. Currently, I am finishing my second degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.
I hold 9 years of business management and entrepreneurship experience in which I actively participated in the creation and consolidation of several small businesses.
Being an active member of my church and other community events is something I enjoy doing. I have led youth groups and done voluntary services for 5 years.
I am the Administrative Manager at Circulo de Amigos Child Care Center and my goal is to bring love and lead by example.
To me, making sure that the education our kids receive is based off strong values and positive behaviors, is of high importance.
Rocio Melendez Perez
I am Rocio Melendez, proudly born in Tampico, Mexico.
I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and I worked for 8 years as a trainer with medical professionals.
I traveled every week to different states in Mexico to teach courses on communication, reading, and grammatic. Also, I worked as an English language teacher in the ICEST, University of Mexico for 4 years.
I had the privilege to further my knowledge in the field of education by working in a program with children in Special Education. It was truly a humbling experience for me to be able to provide them the support, care, and attention these children deserve.
One of my passions that I do on the side is photography. It mesmerizes me to capture many special and unforgettable moments in children’s lives.
I am currently studying a master’s degree in education and I am eager to put to practice the many tools that I have learned throughout my career.