Student has passion for teaching kids
By Chloe Gregg
It takes a special person to have the patience to teach children under 5 all day, every day, but 29-year-old Marianna Lozano thinks of it as no chore.
Born and raised in Lansing, Lozano is currently in pursuit of her associate degree in the Childhood Development and Early Education field at LCC. She has had experience in her field, and is currently in her eighth year working as a co-lead preschool teacher at Our Savior Lutheran School in Lansing.
“My mother is the one who played a huge role in my path,” Lozano said. “Growing up, my mother was always babysitting for friends, neighbors and family. We always had young children around, and I remember her teaching me how to care for others.”
She said her current director, LCC Child Development Director Tricia McKay, has been a great mentor and always offers amazing advice.
“She (McKay) helped me pursue the Child Development program at LCC and continues to be encouraging and supportive of my education,” Lozano said. “My mother instilled the joy and passion of working with children, and my director has influenced my professional goals and pursuits.”
McKay had a lot to say about Lozano.
“Marianna is a very thoughtful student,” McKay said. “Marianna possesses many of the qualities that early childhood educators need, such as creativity, intentionality, patience, organization, compassion and knowledge. She demonstrates a strong commitment to the field of early childhood education.”
Before working as a preschool teacher, Lozano worked as a nanny for four years straight out of high school. She is not new to teaching young children, but she loves becoming the very best she can be at it.
“I strive to approach teaching with an open mind and remember that each child is unique,” Lozano said. “It is my job to get to know them, figure out how they learn best, then offer supportive and safe environments and experiences to allow them to explore, learn and grow at the pace that is appropriate for them.
“We are making a difference and establishing a sense of community and compassion in our students.”