Dr. Butiko, an esteemed English teacher at Hodges Bend Middle School in the US, is a renowned Kenyan educator whose remarkable contributions have garnered recognition within the institution.
In a recent interview with a local television station, she shared that her aspiration to become an English teacher blossomed early, nurtured by the supportive people in her life.
Recently Houston Life TV crew surprised her in the middle of a class and gifted her for exemplary work.
Reflecting on her journey, Dr. Butiko recounted a charming childhood memory. Back in her village, she would receive a banana as payment for reading love letters from husbands to their illiterate wives.
“At the time, most men moved from the villages to go to work in the cities. So, they would write letters to their wives who can’t read. So once in a while, a woman would be like, ‘Hey, come, I’ll give you a banana; read this for me.’ My pay was a banana,” the teacher fondly reminisced.
She highlighted the period following Kenya’s independence in 1963, when most women lacked education and relied on her to translate incoming letters.
“At that early age, I decided I want to be a teacher and not just teach science, chemistry, what? No. I wanted to teach people how to read and write. It makes me complete,” Dr. Butiko disclosed.
Hailing from Kenya, Dr. Butiko subsequently relocated to the United States, where she has diligently served for 15 years.
However, her transition wasn’t without challenges. Adapting her teaching style to suit a new audience demanded a fresh approach. Undaunted, she set out to promote literacy in her new environment, and her endeavors have yielded remarkable results.
In her current role, she engages with non-English-speaking students, imparting vital skills such as seeking assistance through effective communication.
Butiko earned her Bachelor of Education in secondary education from Kenyatta University, her Master of Education in Curriculum Instruction (ESL) from Dominican University, and her Doctor of Education in Leadership in Literacy and Reading from Walden University.