Early learning teacher profile: Emma Mercier

I believe strongly that the way to make the world a better place is to raise confident, ethical, and conscientious children.

Emma sits helps a child with a task at an ECE centreAge

31

Home town

Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Why I love ECE teaching

Children are naturally kind, generous, and ready to make a positive impact on the world around them.

Being able to foster these qualities and empower them in meaningful ways, enables children to take on and overcome the challenges of the future.

How I got into ECE teaching

I have wanted to be an Early Childhood teacher since I was five years-old.

I started volunteering as a teacher aide in a secondary school, before studying at university in the States, earning a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. I have continued my teaching journey in France, Canada, and now Aotearoa, where I have settled and recently bought a home.  Everyday I learn new ways to challenge and support our young children.

Most rewarding moment

I am passionate about supporting children to be inclusive and connect with people who are different than they are. When I see a child choosing to reach out and be kind or generous to someone with whom they have little in common, I feel so proud of them, and honoured to be part of their learning journey.

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