FROM CENTER OWNER TO DIRECTOR, ANABELA ARAUJO has seen much growth from her beginnings as an aide in an early childcare center over 15 years ago. Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from East Stroudsburg University (ESU) this spring, she recognizes the value of her PDO‐ sponsored opportunity.
Formerly the owner of two early childcare centers, Anabela made a transition to director of the Holy Cross Daycare Center in Nazareth in April 2022.
While she acknowledges the value of all the coursework she has taken, Anabela feels the most valuable knowledge she gained resulted from research she completed for her internship. Those studies focused on how teachers should be trauma‐informed, so they are better prepared to support children from all walks of life and various situations. “Teachers are more at ease when we have this essential information, especially when we deal with children who have experienced trauma in their young lives,” she says.
Pledged to encourage early childhood professionals at Holy Cross to pursue professional development sponsored by the PDO, Anabela believes students do best when they can collaborate with coworkers and other colleagues who are also pursuing higher education. She stresses the value of peer accountability.
“It’s never too late to pursue education,” she says, adding, “There is always something new to learn and apply in this field.” Anabela Araujo is a testament to what persistence can yield.