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Valerie Arbaiza

Program Director at Center for Young Children-Gage

Years at TLS-CYC: 1998-present

Valerie moved to Topeka and started working in after school care for TLS. When TLS CYC opened in 1999 she was an assistant teacher in many rooms. In 2001, she became a lead teacher (preK4). In 2015, she became the Program Director of TLS CYC Gage.

She is married and has 1 son.  She enjoys going to concerts and rooting for the KU Jayhawks.  

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Kind-hearted, patient, procrastinator

If you had a time machine that only worked once what time in history would you visit and why?
I would go back to 1950’s. I would love to go back to when my grandparents were young and my parents were born.  I want to know more about the way life was back then and living a farmer’s life. Being from a military family I didn’t get a lot of time with my grandparents as I was growing up.

If you were to star in a cartoon (real or fiction) what would the name of the cartoon be and why?
 I would pick the cartoon Lilo and Stitch, because family is everything.