OSZ Influencer of the Week: Marialby Terrenzio, KLA Schools of Horizon West

Marialby Terrenzio is the lead teacher for the 2-year-old students at KLA Schools of Horizon West.

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Marialby Terrenzio is the lead teacher for the 2-year-old students at KLA Schools of Horizon West. School Director Cynthia Crawford said Terrenzio is a master teacher and often trains and mentors other teachers who join the organization. “She has the calmest and engaged 2-year-old classroom that I have seen in a very long time,” Crawford said. “She is gentle, kind and loves what she does with her students. Her children are engaged and joyful. This comes from her ability to bring such structure and consistency in the classroom.”

What brought you to your school?

I had just moved to Horizon West when KLA was almost done being built. I lived within five minutes of the school and thought it would be great to work with children in my community. 

What do you love most about your school?

My students and my co-workers. My students make me feel so loved every day — especially when there are 11 2-year-olds giving me hugs, and my co-workers push me to be the best I can be. Especially Maiara, my co-teacher. She’s the most supportive and amazing person I’ve worked with. 

What is your motivation?

My students are my motivation. They motivate me to keep learning and be the best I can be. I wish to make a positive difference in each one of their lives.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to witness my students achieving a goal. It’s a great feeling to see where students start out and how much they grow in a single school year.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like spending time with my family and friends, traveling, trying new restaurants, and going to the beach. 

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? Why?

Ms. Ramos, who was my first-grade teacher. When I first moved to the United States, I didn’t speak English. I remember how much patience and dedication she had to teach me how to read/speak English. She was so caring and compassionate. 

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I wanted to be a teacher. I loved pretending I was a teacher and would make my stuffed animals “read” in Spanish and then translate the words for them into English. 

What is your favorite children’s book and why?

Right now, my favorite children’s book is, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” My students love this book! And I love seeing their reactions and excitement as I read it. 

What are your hobbies?

I love traveling and stepping out of my comfort zone. I went snowshoeing in Colorado last year, and it (was) one of the most breathtaking experiences I’ve ever had. 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I would want to travel back in time. I would love to see those who have passed and spend a little extra time with them. 

If you could only listen to three bands or artists for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?

Bad Bunny always puts me in a good mood. Cultura Profética calms me down when I’m having a rough day. Queen reminds me of the car rides I used to have with my dad.

What was your go-to lunch as an elementary student? Any favorite snacks or special treats you remember?

My go-to lunch was a PB&J sandwich. And my favorite snacks were Cocosette or Susy. 

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas! I love decorating the Christmas tree, and it makes me happy seeing all of my family together. 

Who was your best friend when you were in school and why? Are you still in touch?

My best friend when I was in school was Rebeca. Our families used to spend a lot of time together, and we were in the same school. And yes, we are still in touch and have been friends for over 15 years. I consider her family.  

What were your extracurricular activities as a student? Did you win any accolades or honors?

I graduated from Valencia College and obtained my associate’s degree in general education and was on the Dean’s Honor List. 

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Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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