MaineAEYC is pleased shine the spotlight on Erika Neal, Public Pre-K teacher at WG Mallet School/Part Time Faculty Early Childhood Department at UMF.
“My favorite part about working with children is the positive impact I can make on their lives. I try to lead by example and provide guidance and love each and every day.” ~Erika Neal
Erika obtained a degree in Early Childhood from University of Maine at Farmington and in Early Intervention/Special Education from University of Maine at Orono. She has held many hats in the field of early childhood including teaching at a NAEYC accredited Childcare Program, directing a non-profit childcare center, providing developmental therapy at CDS, consulting through Child Care Plus ME, and policy making at DHHS in the office of Child Care and Head Start. She is currently teaching a pre-k program at WG Mallett School in Farmington and is also a faculty member at UMF in the department of early childhood where she shares her wonderful knowledge and practices with UMF students seeking to enter the field.
Erika’s commitment to children, families, and providers is demonstrated not only through the positions that she has held but also through the extra time that she’s committed to the various organizations she has volunteered for. Erika sat on the board of the MaineAEYC from 2006-2015 holding positions of President, Vice-President, and Secretary during that
time. She is also the Coordinator for Linking Early Learning -The Franklin County Community of Practice Of Early Childhood Professionals.
We would like to recognize Erika for her recent accomplishments including coordinating a literacy program that links children, parents, and the community. Local businesses sponsor a month to provide funds for books that are sent home with students. These books are accompanied with a guide for parents to engage in literacy concepts. To read more about this amazing program please visit: http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/features/mallett-school-literacy-program-promotes-school-community-connections/
A special congratulations to Erika for receiving the 2015 Marcia Lovell Award for her contributions to children, families, and communities. This award is presented by MRTQ-PDN to educators who embody the ideals for which Marcia advocated: Better lives for children High-quality early education experiences Support for all children, including
those most at risk and with disabilities And the belief that the arts are an integral part of early education programs.Erika was awarded back in October at the Maine Roads to Quality’s Symposium 2015.