Kia Ora! My name is Mariana. I have a cochlear implant, which allows me to hear and communicate with various people. I have completed two Bachelor Degrees: Business in Operations Management at UNITEC in 2016 and Education in Early Childhood at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in July 2020. Throughout the three years of studying ECE, I have gained experience and developed knowledge along with Te Whāriki during practicums (various centres in Auckland). This is my first permanent teaching role, and I’m honoured to be part of the Nest team at The Rumpus Room. Recently, I am working towards completing my full teaching registration. I am passionate about learning something while working with the team, children and whanau (families). Moreover, seeing the laughter and smiles undoubtedly lift the mood and atmosphere; this is why I tend to enjoy working at the Nest. I enjoy watching TV series and movies online, spending time with my father and friends, napping, and travelling in my free time.