Spotlight on MaineAEYC Board President, Elizabeth Richards

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The MaineAEYC Board met in Waterville on January 27th. Elizabeth is pictured in the bottom right corner.

 

Tell us about your work with or on behalf of young children…

I have been working in the field since 1994 – though before that, I did a lot of babysitting and worked in summer camps.  I started in school age care at the YMCA, where I also did some substitute work with preschool and toddlers. From there, I have worked with children of all ages in camps, centers, and one-on-one with children who had special needs.  I returned to the YMCA to work with infants for five years, then became the Infant Education Coordinator for Bright Horizons. During my time there, I began leading professional development for teachers, and have since developed many workshops that I present at centers, conferences, and through Child Care Options.  Currently, I lead workshops, teach preschool at a parent cooperative program, and I am a CDA Professional Development Specialist.

Why did you join MaineAEYC and the Board?

I joined MaineAEYC when I was working on my CDA.  The resources I received helped propel me towards a Master’s degree, and once I was finished with that program, I was looking for ways to get involved on another level.  Being on the board has given me many opportunities to learn, connect with others in the field, and get more involved in advocating for the profession.

Tell us about your interests or activities outside of work…

In addition to my work with young children, I am a freelance writer. I co-authored a travel book about Maine in the 1990s. Currently, I write regularly for the Windham Eagle among other projects, and recently had an idea accepted for Child Care Exchange, finally merging my love of writing with my passion for working with young children.  I am also a ballroom and line dance instructor. I have two boys of my own who are 11 and 13. I love to stay busy, and I love to learn new things.