Program Coordinator and Professor, Early Childhood Education Program
Prior to joining Roxbury Community College in 1994, Michelle Howard-Harrell had a long career teaching young children. She started her teaching career as an elementary school special education teacher for emotionally disturbed children before becoming a middle school resource teacher. She taught and was later head of the Bay Cove Psychiatric Day School at New England Medical Center, where she oversaw the education of 4-12 years olds who were diagnosed with emotional problems that could not be addressed by the public school system.
“There are three attributes that all early childhood ed. teachers must possess,” says Professor Howard-Harrell, “patience, compassion, and flexibility. In this profession, you are dealing with young minds and developing brains—the children you are teaching are exploring their world, and learning new skills every day.”
Professor Howard-Harrell, who has over 20 years of teaching experience, enjoys teaching all of the early childhood education courses at RCC; however, her favorite course to teach is Child Growth and Development. “This course is the foundation for all other ECE courses. Through this course, our students get an in-depth look at the child from conception through the age of five. We examine how the child grows, learns and develops his or her personality.”