Pre-schools throughout Belize observe March as Child Stimulation Month. This is
a time when students gain knowledge in topics different from their normal
curriculum such as patriotism, culture, environment, etc. The pre-school
teachers of San Pedro prepare for this time very seriously ensuring that they
follow the requirements set by the Belize Pre-School Unit. This week we are
pleased to introduce the principal of Little Angel's Pre-School - Mrs. Marina
On February 24th,1974, Maria and Baldemar Graniel
celebrated the birth of their first child, who they christened Marina Graniel.
Marina enjoyed a happy childhood growing up with her sisters Yvette and Fatima,
and brother Baldemar Jr. She attended San Pedro Roman Catholic School and San
Pedro High School, graduating as an Academic student in 1991. Following high
school, Ms. Graniel moved to Belize City where she enrolled in a six-month
course at Glessima Computer School. Back in San Pedro, she was hired as a clerk
at a money exchange office; a job she held for one year. Not convinced that this
was the right career move for her, Marina went in search of other opportunities
and was hired as a sales clerk by Out Island Divers. Although Marina spent two
years with this company she was still not certain that this was her
While searching for that ideal
job, Marina discovered that what she was looking for was right in front of her.
Throughout this time, she had been helping her mother take care of young
children and realized that she enjoyed this immensely. In 1995, Marina made her
dreams come true by opening her own day care center with a total of ten
children, from newborn to eight years old. Marina's maternal instincts came
naturally and this endeared the children making them feel right at home with
her. As time went by, more and more parents entrusted their children to Marina
and some even suggested she open a pre-school so that older kids could prepare
for school. After giving a lot of thought to this suggestion, Marina was
convinced that this plan was indeed a good one. To prepare for this new business
venture, Marina attended a three-week training seminar with the Belize
Pre-School Unit. In September of 1996, Marina successfully opened the doors of
Little Angel's Pre-School with a total of 40 pupils. With the aid of one other
teacher Marina Kay continues to provide pre-school education to many children of
the island. In order to accommodate the growing number of students, in 1997 she
relocated her school to the center of town, making it more convenient for
parents to transport their children to and from school.
From her teenage years, Marina has been very involved in the community. She was
an active member of the San Pedro Leo Club, and in 1992 was crowned Miss San
Pedro Leo Queen. Just one year later she represented the San Pedro Lions Club in
the Belize Lions District 59 Convention in San Estevan, Orange Walk District.
Today, she is an auxiliary member of the San Pedro Lions Club and dances with
the Recycled Teenagers Dance Group. She is also a member of the San Pedro Lots
Committee and is the revenue collector for the San Pedro Town Council.
Marina says that, although she is very satisfied with her
pre-school, she hopes to reopen a day care center in the near future. "I love
working with children," stated Marina. "I believe this is hereditary because
everyone in my family likes children. I know this is the right job for me
because although I held various posts, none gave me the satisfaction I get from
working with children," Mrs. Kay ended.
28th, 1995 Marina joined her
life in marriage to Roman Kay and together they have one son, Ismael. In her
spare time, Marina relaxes by going to the beach with her family where they can
enjoy a good time together.
Marina's dedication and great
patience with children have allowed her to experience five graduating
classes so far. Today, she is content with her career choice-teaching and
touching the lives of many young minds in "Our Community."