Maria Hatzitolios graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. After her graduation Maria became a member with the College of Early Childhood Educators as a registered Early Childhood Educator. She has always had a passion for working with young children being a small part in their academic journey; therefore she decided to now pursue her goal of becoming an Ontario certified teacher by attending a master’s program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She is working towards completing a Masters of Child Study and Education. Maria has had the opportunity to work with many different children through her placements in undergraduate studies and now post graduate studies, ages ranging from 16 months to 12 years old. Maria also works part-time at a daycare where she actually did one of her placements and was hired right when the placement was done. Maria is passionate about working with children and strongly believes that all students have the capacity to learn if they are given the tools and resource to succeed. Maria acknowledges that each child is unique and has different learning styles therefore she always puts the needs of the children first. Most importantly Maria believes the success of our students is in large due to the ability of a caring adult to engage, inspire and motivate them to be their best selves.
Maria loves to travel; she has traveled to many places around the world throughout her life. This has exposed Maria to many different cultures and ethnicities and through this Maria has gained a deep understanding and appreciation for diversity amongst all individuals. In her spare time Maria really enjoys reading, she is a real book worm and if a book captures her attention she can literally finish it in a day or two. She also enjoys playing sports such as soccer, swimming, and volleyball. She is a huge hockey fan, even though she can’t really play hockey herself. Most importantly Maria enjoys spending time with her family and friends.