David Butler

4-Day AM, Junior Kindergarten Teacher

I visited Park West while working as an assistant teacher at a kindergarten/ day-care on the south side, and was struck by the contrast in styles. The adversarial teacher/student relationship I was, at the time, so used to and dissatisfied with was non-existent. I remember sitting in on a "group time," where children were allowed to speak, ask questions, and answer questions. The trust and respect the teachers and students shared for each other was palpable. Needless to say, I came onboard as quickly as possible, and since then it's been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Each day, I get to talk with children; build strong relationships with them, and help them build stronger ones with each other; resolve conflicts; and manage physical obstacles likes stairs, sleeves, and chairs. Seeing their bravery and joy, even when things get confusing or even frightening, is really fulfilling.

Credentials: Earlham College: BA in Music
David's book pick: Clay Boy by Mirra Ginsburg

Quotes from Our Park West Family

"Park West will give you an amazing understanding of childhood education that you won't get anywhere else. The faculty, the classrooms, Jane. It's a special place, and you'll be a better parent for going there."

—KK Neilsen C., former parent