Maria Hensley

Toddler Room Teacher

My name is Maria Hensley, also known as Mrs. Ria. I was born in the small town of Embudo, New Mexico and was raised in Ojito, New Mexico. I am one of nine children. I am the second to the youngest. My family consists of seven boys and two girls, who were raised in a single parent home. I moved to Colorado soon after graduating high school. I have worked an array of different jobs from babysitting for family, dish washing, housecleaning, office management, dry-cleaning, and childcare. (Church nursery, Gypsum Christian Academy, Home daycare, and Our School. I met my husband of 23 Years while working at one of my jobs. We met at The Westwind at Vail. We are proud parents of two. A girl Caitlin (21), and a boy Matthew (15). Throughout our years we have added to our family. Three dogs Alex, Cooper, and Harley, Two cats, Oreo and Midnight. Oreo passed away 2 years ago in April, we have had many hamsters, gerbils, fish and lizards also. My favorite past-times are camping, fishing, and enjoying friends and family.

I have worked various jobs but discovered my true calling is in childcare. They all have lead back to caring for children. I have been involved with Early Childhood Education since 2004 starting with Gypsum Christian Academy. Then moving on to my churches nursery. I decided to open up my own home daycare so that I could spend more time with my children. Owning my own business was not my calling. I then took a position with Our School. I have been teaching and caring for children at Our School for 9 years. I am happily doing what I love most.