My name is Megan Sexton and I am thrilled to be Creative Scholar’s Director! As your director I am invested in building partnerships with you and ensuring that your children receive the best care and education in Chicago. I have a masters degree in child development from the Erikson Institute which provides me with a strong foundation for understanding how young children learn, grow, and socialize as well as a deep respect for families, childhood, and teachers. My undergraduate degree is in early childhood education from Western Michigan University which gave me the tools that I used as I taught first grade, preschool, and toddlers/twos. My experience spans from teaching Head Start in a diverse community center to cultivating my understanding of teaching in a Reggio inspired way in a suburban nursery school to working with adults who are preparing to work in the early childhood field to supervising teachers as a program specialist. Obtaining my masters degree from the Erikson institute taught me the value of seeing a child in the context of their family and community and to reflect deeply on the work that I do. I have an Illinois type 04 teaching certificate and an Illinois Gateways ECE Credential level 5 and Director Credential level 2. When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking and the outdoors, going to yoga, reading, visiting the Art Institute, and traveling to Michigan to see my niece. I believe that children have rights and that it is our responsibility to protect those rights as we cultivate their creativity, imagination, and personality. I am inspired by the words of Loris Malaguzzi who wrote that when it comes to education we should do nothing without joy. I truly look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you. My door will always be open; please don’t hesitate to stop me in the halls with questions, concerns, or to just say hello.