I am Maya, an artist and elementary teacher-to-be-in-training! I am passionate about quality and equality in early education, and I am also an aspiring children’s book writer and illustrator. My Vietnamese name is Mai- and thus the inspiration for my trademark: MaiStoryBook.
I received my BA in Psychology with a focus on child development, and an Asian American Studies minor, from Scripps College. I am currently a grad student at UCSD in the M.Ed program, pursuing a Multiple Subject Credential to become an elementary school teacher. I am a strong proponent of art in schools, and aspire to bring my experience and passion for the arts into my future classrooms in order to inspire young children and encourage their creativity. I am also a firm believer in the power of books to open doors and spark the imagination of young readers.
*~My goal: introduce children to the wonderful world of reading.~*
I also have experience working as a student teacher, a developmental drama teacher, a Jumpstart preschool teacher, a math and reading tutor, a classroom teaching assistant, and as a behavioral therapist for children on the spectrum. For fun, I enjoy reading, book hunting, boogie boarding and swimming at the beach, biking to bakeries and strawberry fields, being with my family.
*~I’m excited to join you on your journey to inspiring in your child a love for books and a curiosity for the world of reading~*