Maria Lleno

Reading Intervention Coach

About me.

Growing up, I enjoyed babysitting my neighbor’s kids. I said to myself I will find a job that spends a lot of time with kids. This is why I decided to be a teacher. As a teacher, I saw how my students’ eyes light up every time I read to them a good book. Oh, what fun and magic can a book bring! So for me, teaching reading is like handing in the key to a world with infinite possibilities.

My Hero

My hero is Natalie Portman. She is not only beautiful but also smart. She is a supporter for animal rights and women’s rights.  As an actress, she plays significant roles in the Star Wars and Marvel universe.

My Passion

My passion is knowing that what I do has a positive impact on others, especially in children’s lives. For me, I think it is important to not only focus on the cognitive abilities of a child but also his or her socio-emotional growth.

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Early Beginnings

This is a picture of me when I moved up from Preschool to the First Grade. My parents gave me a “Rapunzel” book as a moving up gift.


Favourite Movie

I have a lot of favorite movies but to name one, I would say Disney’s Moana. 

Favourite Subject

My favourite subject in school was Science. I loved doing Science experiments!

Favourite Animal

My favourite animal is my dog. You can talk to him about your problems and he’ll just rest his head on your lap. 

Growing Up

I was mostly a shy and quiet kid but I did have fun and silly moments at times, especially with close friends and family. It was only later in life when I found out that being an introvert is not such a bad thing!

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This is my graduation picture those years went by soo fast! I was super proud to graduate.


Hufflepuff Proud

This is me when we had the “Dress up as a Book Character Day” when we still had classes online. I’m a proud Hufflepuff! Yes, I took the test. 


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This is me doing karaoke. I love the microphone I used here, it looked so professional!

More about me.

 My favourite pastime is singing. I am not necessarily good at it but I find that when I am stressed, I sing and my stress and worries go away. I also love singing with family and friends who are also not necessarily good at it, but just like having fun with the microphone.  I also love taking warm baths and doing aromatherapy. These help me recharge after a long and busy week.

"...fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything."- Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


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