• Hello, my name is Mrs. Maria Gouveia.
    I have been teaching at Ignacio Cruz Early Childhood Center since 2004.
    I have a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kean University.
    I have been honored to receive the Governor's Educator of the Year Award in 2016-2017.
    I believe every child is unique in their own way. 
    In my classroom, we give everyone an opportunity to shine and be themselves!
    I encourage children to work with others as a team and to explore new things.
    To build and work together and to learn something new.
    I encourage children to communicate their needs.
    I am very excited about this new school year!
    I look forward to meeting all the new students and parents.
    I work with two paraprofessionals, Ms. Rosa N. and Ms. Teresa J.
    Together we believe that parent support and communication helps to build a strong learning foundation for our children.
    Please do not hesitate to call us, email me, write a note in the folder, we are here for you and your child.
    Mrs. Maria Gouveia