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  • Jessica Mascara

A New Dream Come True

On June 22, 2009, I was hired as a first grade teacher for the Canon McMillan School District. I was 22 years old and had landed my dream job. The following year, I had the opportunity to teach second grade and remained in that position until this past August. I loved everything about my job. I was teaching in a wonderful district, I had the best bosses a girl could ask for, I worked with amazing coworkers who became like a second family to me, and I truly enjoyed teaching my students and watching them grow. Little did I know life was about to change and become even better than I ever could have imagined.


On August 6, 2018, I had my daughter. She is an absolute blessing and has changed my life in so many ways. I took a year off of work to spend time with her. I truly had all intentions of returning to my position as a second grade teacher this past fall. During my maternity leave, my daughter and I would go on play dates with friends. I quickly realized that we had to travel a decent distance to attend a mommy and me class or participate in activities geared towards babies/toddlers. My brain started spinning and after MANY discussions with friends, I realized our area could really use a place for children and families to go. I really struggled with what I should do. Should I go back to a job I truly loved? Should I open a facility where the possibilities are endless? It was a really tough decision and there were definitely tears shed, but I decided to take a risk and open Live, Laugh, Play, & Learn LLC. My mother decided to help make my new dream a reality by signing on as my business partner. Together we have BIG PLANS for this place!!


We are going to offer so many educational and fun experiences for children of all ages. We can't wait to see where this new adventure takes us. This new dream wouldn't have become a reality if it weren't for my strong support system. My husband, my parents, my brothers, my friends, and so many other people encouraged me to take this next step. I also can't forget to thank my daughter who is my biggest inspiration. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a very organized planner who doesn't typically stray away from her plans. Sometimes I can't believe I quit my job that I planned to retire from to start fresh and open this facility. It's crazy how things work out and sometimes you just have to take a risk. I've learned that it's okay for plans to change and for new dreams to become a reality.

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