Gabi Maza is Owner and Founder of Gardengate Academy ever since we opened in 2008.
Her passion for children started 25 years ago when she decided to change her career path from Engineering to Education to spend quality time with her first son.
She volunteered at Casa Alianza in Mexico, helping young mothers overcome teenage pregnancy educating them to find a better future. She taught in Mexico City grades K - 5th grade for over 7 years. In the last 10 years, Gabi led Parenting classes at Isis Maternity, ABC Spanish, Music Makers and Music Together. Gaining her music teacher certification by 2016.
Gabi then joined the MFTH program to achieve Art Therapy certification for children and adolescents. After gaining certification in Education, Music and Art Therapy, she taught music and art stimulation classes for young children and their parents. At the same time, she offered “Newbies Classes” where moms found practical advice for their infants including sleep, feeding, bonding, breastfeeding and more!
Gabi was part of Harvard labs Entrepreneurs Program leading students understand the creative and critical thinking entrepreneurs own. She joined Harvard labs Venture Teams for over 4 years acquiring a strong base for small business owners to succeed.
A few years after, Gabi started her research for the best curriculum that would impact children on all aspects. In 2015, Gardengate adopted the Reggio Emilia style offering Natick Families a warm nurturing emerging program where the curriculum reflects the children’s capacity and pushes them to go beyond their initial understanding. Gabi felt passionate about this style where learning is grounded in a great respect for the child, and a dedication to research driven practice.
To learn more about Gabi Maza click the links below.
Interview with Boston Voyager
CONTACT AT GMAZA@GARDENGATEACADEMY.COM
Jackie graduated from Dean College with a bachelors in dance and a minor in business. She takes passion in her teaching and choreographing as well as encourages creativity, confidence and being active! Her work has been showcased in numerous shows throughout college and her most recent work was performed in Danceworks at Fitzgerald Theater. Jackie has been teaching dance for over 8 years in local Dance Studios and most recently at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Her styles include ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, salsa and musical theater.
Aside from teaching dance, Jackie has worked with children ages 2 to 5 years in the last 6 years. She is a certified lead teacher by the Department of Early Education and Care. She is excited to transmit her passion for the Reggio Style to children and families within our community.
In her free time, Jackie likes to watch movies, play with her puppy Brady and hang out with her family and friends.
Megan is a 2020 graduate from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has a degree in English, a concentration in Literature and a minor in creative writing. One of her most memorable experiences from MCLA was being a Resident Advisor. This solidified her passion for helping students learn and grow. Receiving a liberal arts background gave her a well rounded understanding of how different academic areas relate and connect to each other.
Ms. Megan is pursuing to get her Masters in Education from Framingham State University in order to become a Lead Teacher Certified. She is overjoyed to be teaching toddlers by using the Reggio Style approach.
Ms Megan enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading. She hopes her positivity and enthusiasm will encourage children to surpass their goals and challenge themselves.
Ms. Tatyana graduated from Worcester State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her time at Worcester State, Ms. Tatyana worked as a tutor at the May Street Elementary School.
After graduating, Ms. Tatyana began working at an inpatient psychiatric facility where she spent time working with young children and adolescents. Ms. Tatyana also worked at a non-profit organization in Middletown, Rhode Island where she focused on working with families who needed various forms of support.
During this time, Ms. Tatyana began to realize her passion for working with children and made the transition from families to specifically, children. She is eagerly looking forward to expanding her knowledge/experience in this field. She is currently Certified as Lead Teacher specialized in Toddler Group.
In her free time, Ms. Tatyana enjoys cooking, reading, going to the beach and spending time with friends
Nadia holds an Engineering multimedia and software diploma from the higher institute of applied engineering in Morocco with honor. Nadia is currently a student at Massbay Community College for becoming a Certified Teacher and continues pursuing her education in the field.
Nadia has been working with children for the past 3 years, and 1 year as sale associate in kids’ department, after she decided to stay home full time with her two children.
Nadia is excited to work with the wonderful children at Gardengate Academy and have a personal interest and passion for helping young kids and watching them learn and achieve.
Nadia is speaking English, Arabic and French fluently. During her free time, Nadia loves work out and cooking, spending time with her family.
Nadia would like to continue to pursue a career in education to be lead teacher because she loves reward resulting from the successes of the children in her care. She wants to create entertaining, engaging and creativity for the classroom that promote learning as well as social, cognitive, and emotional development for the children.
Delaney discovered her passion for teaching during her year after graduating high school. She began at the YMCA helping facilitate virtual learning for elementary school students. Delaney has always had a love for children which sprouted from babysitting. She also works as a camp counselor at a summer camp in the previous years.She has been teaching dance and directing musicals in Town.
In the spring of 2021, when students were able to go back to school full time, Delaney relocated to the YMCA’s Early Learning Center, where she had her first experience working with toddlers. This change in age level made a huge impact on her career choice moving into a Reggio Style at Gardengate Academy
Delaney is very passionate about music and dance. She choreographs and teaches for State of Mind Performers, where elementary and middle school students of Natick have an outlet for musical theatre!
On her free time Ms. Delaney enjoys painting, singing and playing piano.
Janet holds a BS/MS in Computer Science. After working in the Computer Science field for 14 years, she decided to stay home full time with her four children.
When her youngest child entered first grade, Janet became a Foster Parent and fostered several children in need of temporary homes. A few years later, Janet began pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education. She is Lead Teacher certified by the Department of Education and is continuing her classes at Mass Bay Community College to further her certifications.
Janet has a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. For several summers she taught Taekwondo to children ages 5-10 at a summer camp in Needham and Robert Giorgio’s School of Taekwondo. Her love of language, nature, and art has been of personal interest as she explores the world in her infant classroom.
During her free time, Janet works as a licensed Real Estate agent and enjoys showing homes in the MetroWest area! She loves football, basketball, exercising, baking, eating and spending time with family/friends.
Ms. Ashlyn is a student at Massbay Community College, where she is pursuing an Associates Degree in Early Childhood, with a minor in Psychology. Ms. Ashlyn is working towards earning her certification as a Lead Teacher, and is excited to continue learning more while working hands on with children in the classroom.
Watching the children's minds grow and flourish with Gardengate Academy’s Reggio inspired curriculum has inspired Ms. Ashlyn to pursue a career in this field.
During her years in high school, Ms. Ashlyn realized her passion for children when she started working as a babysitter for some families in the area- “It has become a passion of mine to want to do more and to learn more with the children and to create a safe environment for them.”
During her free time, Ms. Ashlyn’s hobbies include making crafts, painting, being outside, baking, and most of all going on adventures!
Mary holds a Medical Coding Certificate and a Medical Office Administrative Assistant Certificate from Massbay Community College and obtained both with High Honors. Mary is currently a student at Penn Foster and has five years of experience as a Medical Records Coordinator in a nursing home.
Mary became a Certified Teacher and continues pursuing her education in the field.
In 2013, Mary worked at Kathleen Daniel Nursing Home and Bethany Health Care Center bringing high quality care for their patients. Later in 2018 Mary decided to move into the Education field finding her passion for young children and the Reggio style. Mary brings her love of nature and loving care into our classroom offering a warm environment for our youngest in our program. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently.
Mary is a happily married, mother of 3 children and first time grandmother of a young infant.
During her free time, Mary enjoys going to the movies, cooking and spending time with her family.
Hi, my name is Tionne Jackson. I am currently attending Framingham State University majoring in Political Science with a specialization in Pre-Law.
In my life, working with kids is something that has always been very fulfilling . Both as a babysitter and in a teaching environment, I love to connect with young ones and understand they way they think and interact with others. I truly enjoy helping children reach their developmental learning milestones and working with them, which is why I pursued this career path. I am excited to come to Gardengate and be part of this Team.
When I'm not working, I spend my time caring for my two nieces at home, I love going to different restaurants and find new things to eat. I like to visit different places and learn more about history. Over Spring break I went to Mexico and I learn how interesting was Mexican culture. I hope to continue traveling and one day visit the Eiffel Tower.
Maura is a student at Saint Anselm College working towards a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in psychology. She has always had a passion for working with children and helping them grow as both students and individuals, so this path was a natural fit. Maura has worked in multiple childcare positions, from serving as a teacher candidate in multiple K-5 classrooms to working as a child care attendant in multiple daycares. Maura's volunteer work also reflects her passion for serving young students, as she most recently volunteered at Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, an after-school program used for empowering and supporting young girls in the local area. In her free time, Maura serves as the Student Body President for the Saint Anselm Student Government Association. She also babysits, sings, and loves to read when the opportunity is presented! This upcoming fall, Maura will be entering her Senior Year Student Teaching experience. She is excited and grateful to work with and support the students at Gardengate.
Ally is a student at Stonehill college where she is pursuing a B.A in Elementary Education and Psychology. She’s always loved working with children and has worked in several childcare positions. Throughout high school she was a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school, volunteered at a nursery school in Brookline and has babysat for several years. Last year she was a substitute teacher at an elementary school and loved the experience. Her goal is to always create a nurturing and entertaining environment for the children!
She’s very excited to expand her knowledge in the education field and work at Gardengate.
In her free time, Ally loves to read, paint, go to the beach, and spend time with her family, friends and her dog!
Maranda is a student sophomore student at Sacred Heart University. In her interest for children's growth, she has taken classes in Child Growth and Development. In previous years, Maranda was part of our Teen Program at Gardengate After School before moving to college. She has also volunteered at Camp Arrowhead helping children find they maximum potential. Maranda's goal is to always create a loving and positive environment for the children!
During her free time, Maranda loves to play the ukulele, read books, and ride her bike. Maranda is very excited to be assisting our teachers at Gardengate and expand her knowledge in the education field.
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