• B.A. in Psychology, Philippines
• M.A. in Family Life and Child Development, University of the Philippines
Maria Puno has been an educator since 1996. She began her career as a preschool teacher and taught at various schools in the East Bay. Prior to teaching at Saklan, she worked at Sylvan Learning Center as a tutor where she taught Beginning Reading and Math to children between the ages of 5-8 and Academic Reading to 1st to 5th grade students. After a couple of years she was promoted to Director of Education. She moved on to Kindercare where she was hired as a Program Specialist and later on promoted to Assistant Director.
Maria became part of the Saklan community beginning in 2008. She started in the ECE program and transitioned to 1st Grade Teacher in 2012. Her philosophy is for children to learn and have fun at the same time with an ultimate goal of helping every student reach their fullest potential.
Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and her family likes going out to different restaurants to taste and explore different types of food. She also loves to watch HGTV and Food Network.