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Fabulous People: Martha Picciao

Martha Picciao is the founder and CEO of WhizKidz Preschools. With three locations throughout the Valley, Martha is dedicated to changing the way kids thrive, one program at a time. Learn more about Martha Picciao…

Hometown: El Centro, California

First job: My first job was at the age of 14 filing papers and helping with anything clerical at ICOE, Imperial County Office of Education. 

Favorite AZ restaurant: My favorite AZ restaurant is “La Hacienda” at the Fairmont Princess, because they serve top notch, authentic and delicious Mexican food! 

Person who has impacted your life the most:  The person who has impacted my life the most was my mom.  She always taught me to do my very best, always poured in me confidence to believe in myself and not only taught me but showed me to serve and love others.  

Your biggest accomplishment in your eyes: My biggest accomplishment is definitely being a mom and business woman.  I always knew I wanted to work with children and be a business owner all while being an involved mom and I’m so fortunate to be able to live out my dream. 

The biggest obstacle you have overcome: I am proud to have overcome going through a difficult divorce and being a single mom all while starting a business and doing it mostly on my own without family around, which was very tough!! 

Someone who inspires you: Rachel Hollis has inspired and motivated me to own who I am and do what I envision.  The fact that I’ve followed her journey and have seen how what she preaches is working for her, is the difference between people just talking the talk.  

Favorite quote:  Tough times don’t last, tough people do!

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: My advice is that you have to love children and people, it’s a demanding career and you have to love the people otherwise you burn out!  Additionally, self care practices to help manage the demands, is extremely important. It has been a game changer for me. 

What you think makes someone fabulous: I think the way the treat others is what makes someone fabulous! 

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