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Meet Jerika Lopez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jerika Lopez. She and her team share their story with us below:

Jerika is a mother to three amazing children, wife to the greatest man on earth, and a serial entrepreneur.

One of the greatest things that have ever happened in my life was getting laid off from a corporate job back in 2010. When I received the call that I was chosen with 300 others, I just found out I was pregnant with my second child the same week.

The feeling of not having control and mourning the loss of a job that I enjoyed very much was overshadowing the news of expanding our family. That feeling only lasted for a few weeks until I found out the baby we were expecting was a girl and a different me was in the works.

When my daughter, Nadyah was born, a different me was born as well. My desire to create a life that was accommodating to being a mom and to be present was in the plans. I have always had a passion for children, especially toddlers, through teaching Spanish casually as a favor to my son’s preschool, I found what my true calling was.

I founded Flawless Soiree LLC in 2012, Yo Hablo Español became a staple in the community, 10 years later we are still one of the most innovative enrichment programs in the industry.

Then God called me to get out of my comfort zone and my in-home child care center My Casita Feliz was born in 2016. After a successful year operating both businesses and being a mom of two, God called me again to co-own and manage a child care center in 2017.

New Life Child Care was born. Managing three businesses can be challenging and rewarding at the same time, the past 10 years have been the greatest years of my life.

Being able to make a living, and show up for the important milestones in each of my children’s lives while fueling my passion for early childhood and children is indeed a blessing.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Owning a business is very challenging, I quit my 40-hour job to work 60 to 80 hours per week.

The most challenging part of my journey is finding balance. I find myself working all the time and not living in the moment. I have learned that balance is essential for longevity.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Flawless Soiree, My Casita Feliz, and New Life Child Care?
Flawless Soiree LLC is the company that created and founded Yo Hablo Español! Spanish Lessons, Brinca!, Kinetic Kids, and My Casita Feliz Child Care Center. Our mission is to expose children to a second language early on. Our programs focus on learning through play.

Yo Hablo Español! teaches children Spanish starting at 18 months, Brinca! is a bilingual fitness program that teaches children fitness while teaching them Spanish simultaneously, and Kinetic Kids is a fitness program that merges science and fitness together.

My Casita Feliz is an in-home Child Care Center inspired by my own pre-school experience. We are a bilingual center that focuses on learning through play while naturally exposing the children to the Spanish language. My co-teachers in the center are the most passionate people in the industry.

New Life Child Care is a child care center located in Hanover, Maryland which I co-own with New Life Fellowship International Ministries and Dr. Abraham Shanklin Jr. We believe in offering a wholesome experience to each child that comes through our center.

We also believe that happy children are a direct reflection of the staff, we provide a supportive environment for our staff that focuses on balance and love. We are very excited to add another location in the fall located in Baltimore County.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico.

I am extremely proud of my roots and my upbringing. As the daughter of a lawyer and an accountant growing up I was a leader, bossy, extremely sassy, and in charge.

I have always known that I wanted to own a business, I am passionate about early childhood and children, and I am so happy that God has led me here.

My interest growing up included: Dancing, spending time with my family, the beach (I miss it very much), and hanging out with friends.

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Flawless Soiree and New Life Child Care

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