We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Spada and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Being in the early childhood field for my entire life one of the most important lessons is patience, understanding and kindness. These traits are crucial for a successful career working with children. Children need teachers and caregivers who care about the world the way they see it, to build confidence, self esteem and celebrate their individualism. Our job is to create well rounded individuals who genuinely care about the world around them. Children thrive in an environment that celebrates all of these traits. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with young children everyday!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Whats sets me apart from other professionals in my field is that I have worked with children my entire life, over 20 years in the field of early childhood. My patience, kindness, work ethic and genuine love of children and their development is what makes me successful. As a former preschool teacher of over 10 yrs, I can also understand the amount of support teachers need and will gladly step into the classroom to lend a hand and help out if needed. Sometimes I pop in just to be around the children and explore the learning centers with them. After growing up and working in various children’s centers in NYC and NC, experiencing various styles of teaching, leading successful teams and developing critical curriculum for young children, my family and I decided to move to AZ and fulfill a dream of mine: To direct and own a preschool. Since 2018 Magical Journey Learning Center has been my lifelong passion realized and I am honored to bring my knowledge of early childhood development to the children of Ahwatukee . Magical Journey Learning Center is a preschool for children ages 1 years old through Pre-K dedicated to teaching the whole child with a small class size and low ratios so we can grasp onto each teachable moment with the children. We are open all year round by providing care when school is closed and an engaging summer program. The mission at MJLC is to create well rounded individuals with strong character who care about the world around them. We achieve this by developing a curriculum that meets the needs of each child and has a balance of child and teacher directed activities that promote social and emotional health as well as an emphasis on academics. Check out magicaljourneylc.org and our Facebook page to see our curriculum and summer camp in action.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
As relatively new to AZ and a small business owner this question was a little hard for me to answer. It also inspired me to explore and get out a lot more! My favorite restaurants are Arriverderci’s in Ahwtaukee, Perfect Pear in South Tempe and Sal’s in Gilbert. The places we would go is Downtown Gilbert, Sedona, visit Out of Africa, the Grand Canyon and the North Pole Experience.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As cliche as it may sound I truly dedicate who I am to my parents, husband and children. As a young girl my parents always encouraged me to go after my dreams: what meant most to me and what I am passionate about. As a young adult they instilled in me an incredible, undeniable work ethic that pushes me forward every day, no matter the circumstances! Staying positive, strong minded and goal orientated, even with the smallest task! To create, pursue and accomplish goals I set for myself and my family with everything I’ve got! My husband and children continue to be that support and encouragement in my life. I know how truly blessed I am.

Website: magicaljourneylc.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magicaljourneylc

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