Mariela is a Los Angeles local who moved to Ventura County where she studied at CSUCI and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Studies. She has worked in the preschool setting throughout her college career and has gained a great passion for teaching children. After receiving her degree, she started working in a mixed-age preschool classroom at a dual language school. In the Spring of 2019, Mariela moved back to Los Angeles and began to work at LMUCC where she has gained experience with infants and toddlers and knowledge of the RIE philosophy. Mariela is currently obtaining her M.A in Counseling at LMU. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her dogs, and greatly appreciates her time with children whether it is at work or at home.