Spotlight on Our Caregivers-Maria
Posted on: 2016 11 29 by Jamie Beaulieu
Armistead Senior Care would like to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day. Maria has been with Armistead since 2014 and feels that the most important qualities of a Caregiver are patience, empathy, and respect. She exhibits all of these important qualities while meeting and developing relationships with her clients-learning about their lives, providing assistance to them and honoring who they are now. Her father was in the United States Information Agency, therefore Maria and her siblings grew up in such places as Thailand, Germany, and Iceland. She graduated from high school in Tokyo, Japan. In the U.S., Maria has lived in Boston, MA and on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she graduated with a degree in Dance. After college, Maria used her degree at the Kids Moving Company in Bethesda, Maryland. Her focus was on creative movement, motor development and dance with children two to 12 years of age. Maria has also been a Para Educator/Reading Tutor in elementary through high school settings. She has also worked with the developmentally disabled using visual motor integration. Maria is currently enrolled in the Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (PCMH) through Southern New Hampshire University. Ultimately, she is interested in helping people living through trauma. In addition to her Caregiving with Armistead and her schoolwork, Maria is a volunteer with the Vermont chapter of NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness where she helps run support groups and trains new facilitators. During her limited free time, Maria enjoys walking and doing yoga for her mind and body. She carves time out of her busy schedule to spend time with special friends and family. Maria and her husband are grateful their son, a UVM graduate student in Applied Math and daughter, a Biochemistry major at Norwich University are still living at home, at least for the time being. We wish Maria all the best with her studies; we know she will make an excellent Counselor. For now, we are very lucky to have her and we are grateful for Maria’s dedication, skill and compassion as an Armistead Caregiver.
Thank you Maria!