STOUGHTON - Kearstin Mytopher began working as an educator at the Stoughton Early Learning Facility (SELF) in October 2022.
She has enjoyed being around children since an early age, as her mom and grandmother babysat kids from their homes.
Mytopher was born in Estevan but was raised on a farm east of Corning by her parents Mark and Janet Mytopher.
She attended Kipling School and after graduating Grade 12 became employed by the daycare in the town.
During her employment in Kipling, she began her early childhood education degree. Over the course of three years, she completed her ECE and received her certificate.
In each level of the ECE, there are many courses to complete, and it is incredibly detailed, according to Mytopher.
She then went to work in Weyburn at the daycare for two years as the infant educator. These children ranged from 18 weeks up to one and a half years of age.
Although Mytopher enjoyed her job, she wanted to be in a small town.
Mytopher and her fiancé Draven Buchan have a four-year-old son, Kailer.
“We want to raise him in a small-town atmosphere where he will attend school with the same kids throughout the years,” said Mytopher.
When Mytopher received the position as an educator at the Stoughton daycare, the couple decided to make Stoughton their place of residence and bought a house to make it permanent.
On Nov. 28, 2022, Mytopher became the new director at SELF.
“With any new job there are always so many things to learn, and they are all learning curves,” said Mytopher.
“It was important to get to know all the children and their parents. The children have such different personalities, which makes the job so interesting.”
Mytopher went on to say it is of the utmost importance that the children have a great experience at the daycare, with lots of fun and learning.
She said she is incredibly happy with her career choice and is excited for the year to come, not only at the daycare, but in her personal life, as she will be getting married on Oct. 21.
As Mytopher settles into her new role as the director, she looks forward to a great future at the SELF.