At the young age of ten she was already an entrepreneur. She co-founded a summer day camp with her best friend that ran for two weeks, two years in a row. She continued working part-time in a classroom environment for several years after until she moved on to the food service industry.
She began working at a bagel shop at the age of fifteen. By age seventeen she was the Manager, supervising a staff of thirty. In later years she would go on to manage and train servers and hosts at well-known area restaurants, but in between she took time off to pursue a more advanced track involving her first passion: working with children.
She began her professional career as an Early Childhood Educator, specializing in working with Pre-Kindergarten students. She advanced to leadership positions in the classroom, working with a variety of programs such as Early Head Start, School Age Child Care (SACC), ChildFind and Child Protective Services. She also incorporated her love for the performing arts by teaching dance and music to children ages 3-12.
When Bettina wasn't working late nights at the restaurant or singing the ABC's at circle time, she was pursuing a professional career on the stage and in film. She appeared in films such as Step Up 2: The Streets, several promo videos and in numerous shows both onstage and off. She later found a love for liturgical dance and currently serves on a dance team.
Tireless in her desire for new adventures, Bettina left behind her work in full-time management and training to take on the challenging world of sales, finance and the search for someone's dream home. Working as a Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Bettina currently represents buyers and sellers in the Northern Virginia area.
In her pursuit of helping others, she has recently taken on a career in healthcare. She began in home health care and then advanced to working at Inova Health Systems in the Intermediate Care-ICU Stepdown Unit. Every day is a challenge, an adventure and is never the same as yesterday. Bettina thrives on an accelerated pace and loves being able to bring her personal touch to an entirely different group of people every day.
In between her two jobs, her child and other various activities, Bettina is a full-time Criminology student at the University of Maryland-College Park. She currently holds two degrees and two certificates from Northern Virginia Community College. After her graduation from UMD in the upcoming Spring of 2014, Bettina plans to pursue studies in medicine and law.
A Realtor, CNA, dancer, singer, writer, single mother, student and now fashion designer. Don't try to tell her she can't do it all.
"No one ever got anywhere listening to the advice of someone who doubted them. I'm blessed just to be here today. My decisions and goals may not always make sense, but it's my life to live, and I say 'Why not?' I answer to God first and foremost. Where He leads, I follow." -Bettina Lauria
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