from our staff
My name is Amanda Marek and I am proud to be the Green Grasshopper Preschool Teacher and work alongside our amazing staff! I am so happy and blessed to be part of Hope 4 Kids and get the opportunity to work with such wonderful, loving people and great children!! I love working with children and giving them the opportunity to learn and grow from experiences at school. I have wanted to be a teacher almost my whole life. I was born in Santa Barbara and grew up having my mom and grandma as preschool teachers, and I guess we just have that teaching gene is us!
Throughout high school I changed my future career many times, but always wanted to become a teacher. During my senior year of high school I took a class that gave me hands-on experience working in a preschool. I received college credits from the class and also the experience of working in a classroom with young children. This experience led me to the final decision that I wanted to be a teacher the rest of my life. I really believe that it is meant to be for me to be a teacher and give children the opportunity to learn new things! After high school I attended SBCC and took educational classes as I was thinking of becoming a kindergarten teacher. Then my second semester I attended Allan Hancock College in Lompoc and Santa Maria and took more Early Childhood Education classes there because I got a job working at an after school program in Santa Maria. There I had the opportunity to work with children in kindergarten to sixth grade. I enjoyed it but still wanted to work with preschoolers. I am currently attending SBCC and have only a few more classes until I obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education!
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and I really enjoy trying to be a photographer and taking a lot of pictures of people and random things that look interesting.
I really look forward to working with all of our children, expanding their horizons and helping them learn new things! I am blessed to be a part of your child's learning experience and also be a part of this school! I love working with such wonderful people and so proud to be part of this Hope 4 Kids family!