Maryann Najar

Getting to Know: Mrs. Maryann Najar

This fall, we will interview a few of our new faculty, as we welcome them to the Saint Mark’s community. Today, we feature Maryann Najar, our new kindergarten teacher. Maryann was born, raised, and still resides in the city of Los Angeles (El Sereno). She is the youngest of four children and lives 7 houses away from her parents and 15 houses away from her sister. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband, parents, siblings and 8 nieces. “I spend my days laughing, singing and dancing with these adored people,” says Maryann. In addition, she enjoys baking, crafting, organizing, decorating for the holidays, thrifting, and happy planning.

Maryann shares that what attracted her to Saint Mark’s was the beautiful campus, feeling of community and the welcoming faculty and staff. Her highlight was being reunited with her past college of 7 years, Ms. Hoshino! Mrs. Najar’s love for teaching little learners is transparent. “My little ones may be small in stature but they are big in heart and curiosity. Everyday is an adventure in kindergarten and we learn to love, respect and grow with the world around us. We cherish every moment as a teachable moment, having the opportunity to discover and wonder everyday,” she says. Her hopes for her little ones this year is to… “Live a balanced life- learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”

What attracted you to Saint Mark’s? What has been a highlight so far?
The beautiful campus, feeling of community and welcoming faculty/staff drew me to Saint Mark’s.  My highlight would be reuniting with my past partner of 7 years, Ms. Hoshino!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending quality time with my husband, parents, siblings and 8 nieces is what matters most to me. I spend my days laughing, singing and dancing with these adored people. In addition, I enjoy baking, crafting, organizing, decorating for the holidays, thrifting, and happy planning!

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading books for inspiration, self-help books, and early childhood development books.

Why did you get into the field of teaching?
My calling to the teaching profession began when I was a teachers assistant for LAUSD. Plus, it runs in the family! My sister has been an educator for LAUSD for 20+ years and my father, a retired professor from East Los Angeles College.

What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
My favorite part of teaching is seeing and celebrating the small successes of each child. Every child learns and develops differently. Witnessing when a child writes their name, counts their numbers, or reads a sentence for the first time is a reward in itself. It is heart warming to see them flourish as thinkers, readers and writers.

Your favorite color? Why?
My favorite color is Yellow! I love that the color Yellow means happiness, positivity, and joy!

Tell us a little bit about your background. Where did you grow up?
I was born, raised and still reside in the city of Los Angeles (El Sereno). I am the youngest of four children. I live 7 houses away from my parents and 15 houses away from my sister.

Who is your biggest role model?
My parents! My mother, who immigrated from Mexico and my father, a Vietnam Veteran instilled in me that with hard work, kindness, respect, and humility I could accomplish anything!

What do you hope your students will learn from their time in your class?
My little ones may be small in stature but they are big in heart and curiosity. Everyday is an adventure in kindergarten and we learn to love, respect and grow with the world around us. We cherish every moment as a teachable moment, having the opportunity to discover and wonder everyday. My hope for my little ones this year is to … “Live a balanced life- learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”

What is your favorite quote or saying?
Words from my Mother… “Go about your daily life doing and thinking for others because it’s in your heart, not because it is expected of you. Do this and your reward will be awaiting you in heaven”