Hello, my name is Cecilia Hernandez. I have been working for the ARCC Center Stage program for 8 years. I first began working for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District as a Substitute Paraeducator for Special Education in 2005. I held this position for 4 years and when A.R.C.C. opened up in 2009 I decided to go for it, and it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. No two days are ever the same and the kids teach me something new every day. I love working with children and making a positive impact in their lives.
A little bit about myself, I was raised in Norwalk and I attended some awesome local schools: Glazier Elementary, Los Alisos Middle School, Norwalk High School, Southeast R.O.P. and Cerritos College. In addition to being a dedicated hard worker, I am also a mother of 2. I have a daughter who is 9 and a son who just turned 5 months. So when I’m not working I love spending quality time with my family. Well that’s a little bit about me.
I’m looking forward to a wonderful school year!
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Hello, my name is Elizabeth Martinez. Not only am I new to the ARCC Center Stage program, but I am also new to the State of California! I am originally from Chicago, IL where I attended Lewis University, majoring in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education, and a minor in Psychology. I am a former Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois. As a scholar I attended summer workshops and completed educator related courses. Through the scholarship program, I also had the opportunity to student teach at some of the lowest income schools in the City of Chicago. In addition, I also volunteered at New Harvest Chicago teaching Sunday School for the past 7 years.
I have many years of experience working with children, and I am continuing to grow and learn as an educator each day. Everyday is different. Every child is different. I believe as educators and parents, it is our duty to embrace those differences and uncover the wonderful and special qualities each child possess. Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new and to have fun in the process.
I am thrilled to be part of the ARCC program and I am proud of everything it stands for. I look forward to what the rest of the school year has to offer!