Profile

Meet Early Childhood Education Alum Lori Guthrie!

Photo of Lori GuthrieYear of graduation:

1993

Employment:

Lead Teacher, MOC (Montachusett Opportunity Council)
Childcare & Head Start Services

Occupational description:

Lori works in the Head Start program with pre-school age
children (ages 2.9 to age 5).

What do you do in your current position?

I guide children in the learning process through play and hands on activities, offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum basked upon children’s interests and needs, and focus on family involvement. In addition, I mentor other teachers, including MWCC student teachers, assisting them in developing their own skills.

Do you like it?

Working with families and watching children learn and grow is very rewarding and satisfying.

What did you like about MWCC’s Early Childhood Education program?

I always looked forward to my Early Childhood Education classes and practicum. I found them to be positive, fun,and rewarding experiences that helped me decide that teaching preschool was definitely the career I wanted to pursue.

Do you feel that your education at MWCC adequately prepared you?

I have found that what I learned directly relates to what I do as a teacher today.

Did you find a job after graduation?

I found a job almost immediately after I started looking.

Why did you choose to study Early Childhood Education?

I love children and felt that I wanted to pursue a career working with them.

Why MWCC’s Early Childhood Education program?

I chose MWCC because I heard positive feedback about the program. Also, it was more affordable, which economically suited my needs. The associate degree gave me insight into the teaching field, helping me to prepare to pursue my bachelor’s degree.

Would you suggest this program to others?

Yes—most definitely. MWCC’s program provides a great head start: what is taught in the classroom directly relates to the career; the program is tailored to address each student’s individual needs; the classes offer hands on learning experiences; and the professors are great mentors.

What are your future goals and aspirations?

I am currently Director II qualified through the Office of Child Care Services. I plan on continuing my education towards a bachelor’s degree.