Abigail VanBuhler is a site coordinator for EMU Bright Futures’ 21st CCLC after school program at Ford Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti, MI. In her role at Ford, she serves a community of kindergarten and first grade youth and their families.
At the heart of her teaching pedagogy is Abigail’s belief that all youth should feel loved and that they matter. In this vein, she created a digital YouTube series to maintain youth and family connections during the recent Covid-19 stay-at-home order in Michigan. Despite obstacles, she continues to pursue creative solutions to provide literacy, STEM, and social-emotional learning support to the families she serves.