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Maria Karalekas

Untitled.pngMaria Karalekas has been an Instructor of Early Childhood Education at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada since 2005 and currently finishing her Masters in Educational Leadership and Management at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Since 1997, Maria was the Director of three Kindergarten School Age Programs and a certified Greek school teacher in the International Languages School of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. In addition, she spent six months teaching English (TESOL) to Greek students in Kalamata, Greece in 2002. Since 2003, Maria has operated a consulting business for Early Childhood Educators.
Maria has been particularly interested in moving early learning in North America from a teacher-directed learning environment to a child-directed/teacher-facilitated philosophy. She hosts Professional Development workshops and seminars for Early Childhood Educators on various topics such as; Using Loose Parts to Support Inquiry in the Classroom, Creating a World of Wonder and How to Develop Leadership Skills in ECE.
Maria’s love and admiration of children stems from her loving parents and is blessed with four young children of her own. Although currently residing in Virginia, USA, her formative years were divided between Greece and Canada. A blessing and most difficult task to love two countries…

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