“children’s lives can be dramatically changed..”
Raychel Brewster, 28, is a single mom of three (ages 6, 3, and 18 months). She is employed at the Cornerstone TRIO office (Student Support Center) in UMA.
“I am a stay at home mom except for the three days a week that I work. I also attend UMA full time. I am working toward my Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts, with minors in Psychology, Photography, and Small Business Management. I am also obtaining two teaching certificates for ages 0-5, and grades K-3, as well as an Accounting certificate so I will be able to take the state licensing exams to become both an early education public school teacher and a Certified Public Accountant. I believe strongly in educational methods such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. These methods all have a few elements in common, two of the most important being a child-led (rather than teacher-led) learning environment, and a focus on engaging the whole child (mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually) within the context of their home and family environment. I believe that the home is the first, and most important, learning environment for the child, and the parent is one of the most important teaching influences that the child will have.
I’m excited to be involved with the Maine Families Network because I firmly believe that if there is a support and education system in place for parents of children, particularly young ones, children’s lives can be dramatically changed for the positive. I also believe that many of the ills of society can be radically altered if there is significant focus on educating and supporting children and their families.”