Ms. Dela Cruz was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Richmond, California. She is the oldest of two sisters. Ms. Dela Cruz began working with school-aged children after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, East Bay. She worked as a Substitute Teacher in grades K-6 in the West Contra Costa Unified School District for five years. During this time, Ms. Dela Cruz decided to pursue Early Childhood Education courses at a community college. She realized her true passion was working with children from birth-3 years and pursued a full-time career as an Assistant Teacher at a child care center in 2012. Most of Ms. Dela Cruz’s teaching experience has been as an Assistant Teacher in an infant and toddler classroom. In 2018, Ms. Dela Cruz decided to explore and transition into working at a Montessori school. She felt very connected to the Montessori philosophy and method particularly children’s care of self and care for the environment. In Ms. Dela Cruz’s free time, she enjoys listening to music, running, and exploring new restaurants in the SF/Bay Area.
Vincent LaRocca grew up in California between Los Angeles and Riverside. He moved to the Bay Area after graduating from high school. Vincent attended Merritt college in the Fall of 2018, where he took his courses in early childhood development and earned his Assistant Teacher certificate. His observations in early childhood education environments taught him that children are inherent learners, as they naturally explore their surroundings. Subsequently, he became enamored with the very curious nature and love that children have for learning. It was then he decided to begin his journey in the Montessori practice of child development. Vincent joined GLM in July, 2018. He is inspired by children’s potential and wants to be a model support for them on their journey of life. Vincent enjoys listening to music, stand up comedy, hiking and exploring the Bay Area, and finding new spots to eat delicious food.