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SPOTLIGHT: Maria Vidal

Maria Vidal is originally from Mexico City. She began her profession as an early childhood educator in 2000. She studied and worked in a child care center for 6 years. By 2017, Maria had completed 4 credentials and her GED certificate.

Maria really wanted to start hey own daycare that’s what she told a coworker and she talked to the president and founder of the united providers association, Carmen Hernandez, where she kindly gave her information and support by giving her the tools to start guiding her through the procedures of applying for a family day care license. In the same year 2017, Maria obtained the license for the family day care under her name.

Maria said “this job has been the best one that I’ve had in my life because it has given me the peace of mind of taking care of my children and being at home. But above all the satisfaction and happiness of caring for the children who overtime become part of my family and it is a great achievement to know that I am part of their future and it makes me feel proud of myself — because I see that the children leave prepared to continue with their studies” that makes me feel happy”.

Maria continues to educate herself and has goals that she wants to achieve, including finishing her degree in early education.


SPOTLIGHT: Overcoming Reflection

My name is Marlene Gonzalez Castro, I am of Puerto Rican origin, I am 37 years old. I am a mother of 8 children from two different relationships. I was born in a common family with many general needs but not extreme deficiencies. As part of my growth I learned the essentials that they teach you at home, responsibilities at home.

I had my first son at a very young age, because of this I did not finish school. I came to Milwaukee with two children and my partner to live with relatives, looking for better stability for my family. There were many obstacles that prevented me from continuing my studies, including domestic abuse, the language barrier, and lack of education. At 20 years old, I was already a mom of 4 children, at 26 years old a mom of 8, 6 boys and 2 girls. I spent a lot of time raising my kids as a single mom until i was able to start my high school equivalency diploma where I graduated that year. My goal is to start a technical career in culinary arts.

“Education is very important in all aspects to be able to achieve our dreams. “

Marlene Gonzalez

He obstacles from the past have stayed behind, and I found bilingual programs in which they are already helping me with the procedures to enter MATC. I feel like a fulfilled person in which it fills me with satisfaction. I am putting all my desire to achieve my goals and successes so that my children and my families feel proud of what I have been able to achieve.