ria-2Ria Mecedo –Byrne, classroom 3

I was born in the state of Kentucky to a military family, which allowed me to experience and live in many great places during my youth. I have spent the past 19 years in Santa Cruz with my husband, daughter, son and now grand-daughter.

I have had the pleasure of working with children for over 20 years and have focused on early childhood development for the past 7 years. I have over 20 ECE units from Cabrillo College, where I continue taking classes to better myself as an educator.

I love being in the classroom, especially here at CCP. With its high-quality staff, supportive families, and amazing children, and the fact that no two days are alike, it’s hard not to wake up excited for the day ahead. Each day I learn as much as the children learn. I fell so blessed to be a part of the family here at CCP.

In my spare time during the winter months I enjoy skiing with my 11-year old son and spoiling my grand-daughter. During summer vacation, we travel to Ireland to take care of my mother-in-law; a trip the whole family enjoys.