My name is Erin Butts and I am the teacher/director of the Haggerty Preschool in Cambridge, Mass. The Haggerty Preschool is a 10-month, school-year program that serves children ages 2.9 to 5 years old.
I have been working in the field of early education for the past 14 years. I was a classroom teacher for seven years before moving into the teacher/director role in 2008.
I truly do not feel there is any job more rewarding than being a teacher, and there is no greater feeling than the one you get when watching a child learn and grow before your eyes. Creating a classroom culture that evokes kindness and acceptance has been the underlying theme of my teaching philosophy for many years. Helping others see the good in one another is an amazing feat, and to be able to support young children in doing this from an early age is really gratifying.
My educational journey has been insightful. Throughout my time as a teacher I stayed current in the field by taking various courses and trainings and slowly worked towards my goal of becoming a director. As a director, I began to learn more about the leadership aspect of early education. In 2012, I took Leadership in Early Education and Care through Wheelock College. This class was instrumental in helping me learn more about the leadership aspect of early education and helped me see that what I do in the field is impactful and can make a difference for others. It empowered me to become a change agent and was the driving force behind my decision to obtain a master’s degree at Wheelock College in the field of Organizational Leadership.