Whitney Manly-Power '06

Early Childhood Center (ECC) at SCH Academy

Whitney graduated from Springside School in 2006 and started teaching at the Early Childhood Center (ECC) in 2020.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I have been in childcare for most of my working life, even back to high school, babysitting on the weekends. Camp counselor in the summers. When I came home from college I landed a really great nanny position with a wonderful family that was supposed to be a transition job. Six years later I realized how much I really loved being around kids, and decided to go back to school for it. I’m three years into teaching now and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. 

What attracted you to teach at SCH?

When I heard that the ECC was coming to life I wanted to very much be a part of it. The team, the families—it is an absolute honor to be in this community.  
The best part of every day is being able to watch my small friends overcome big obstacles­­—achieve something they have been struggling with, discover a new talent, open a new part of their brain. It’s so special to be a part of that moment and encourage them to keep reaching for more of that success.

Do you have a favorite teaching story or moment?

I have a note that I carry with me in my bag everyday. It’s a note from a mom of a student who had been struggling with school ever since her son started. She was burnt out, and the student was frustrated. The student entered my class and we had a wonderful year of milestones and finding tools that worked for this child to feel proud and successful. The note says, “Thank you for giving my child a chance.” That has become a daily mantra for me and my “why.” Some kids just need the chance. I am happy to be able to give that to them.

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