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 Getting to Know SDCOE: Instructional Assistant Has a Way with Kids

Mia Navarro loves kids. That's obvious the second you see her around the students she supports at Davila Day School.

"She just has a way with kids," Davila Principal Heidi Lyon said. "She has high expectations and wants the best from them."

Navarro is an instructional assistant in the preschool class at Davila Day School, a campus the San Diego County Office of Education runs for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

She became interested in serving students with special needs as a child. She had 20 brothers and sisters, and four of them received special education services.

She started working in education in 1998 with the Chula Vista Elementary School District, taking the job at Davila Day School in 2012. She was a perfect fit since she's trilingual, fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Navarro keeps busy outside of work too. She is a photographer and has a second job in food services at Petco Park. She also volunteers to help seniors.

Navarro said she learns as much from the young children as they learn from her.

"Children matter to me so much," she said. "I'd help all of the children of the world if I could."