Sumaia Akther was a member of the first ever ABLE Early Childhood cohort and worked directly with three and four year olds at the Drexel Academy CAO Head Start. She was motivated to join the program because she was looking for a fulfilling career path that would allow her to work with children. As a mother herself, she was looking to use the knowledge she already had about childhood development to impact students who from diverse backgrounds.
She experienced many successes during her term of service and was able to learn about how to be an Early Childhood Educator through CDA (Childhood Development Associated) Credential training with the Child Care Resource Network (CCRN). Additionally, as an ABLE Member, Sumaia facilitated math games with an assigned group of students who were behind on math levels to help them prepare for kindergarten.
Here is what she had to say about ABLE’s math game intervention:
“Helping the students learn 1-on-1 with the math games was a great highlight of my service. I connected with the kids more than I thought I would have, and they loved it! They did not even know they were learning. It also helped me work on my own communication and language skills and learn about students/families from different cultures.”
Sumaia leveraged her term of service with ABLE Early Childhood into employment and currently works at Seneca Babcock Early Childhood Center as a Lead Infant Teacher. She plans to continue pursuing her CDA Credential and hopes to be a lead teacher someday.
Through ABLE Early Childhood, members like Sumaia receive the training they need to be successful and become inspired to pursue in their own careers, all while helping Buffalo students get ready for Kindergarten.