Parents flock to NJ teacher’s YouTube videos

NEWARK, NJ (PIX11) — Long before virality became a thing and influencers had a place on your timeline, Monica Sutton was doing what she does best on YouTube.

“I just wanted to create a resource for families,” Sutton told PIX11, discussing how she started her YouTube channel in 2009. “I really wanted them to have things to do at home with their kids.”

From do-it-yourself tutorials to reading stories to children, the teacher – who at the time worked for the New York City Department of Education – was ahead of the curve.

It wasn’t until March 2020, when the pandemic crippled schools across the country, that what was a hobby turned into an essential service.

“It was my very first Circle Time lesson with Miss Monica that I opened up to the public,” she recalled.

This is a video that has garnered over 10 million views.

“That was the video, March 20, I’ll never forget it because that video, you know, everyone just started sharing it.”

The rest is YouTube history.

Sutton’s online community of parents seeking advice in uncertain times has reached over half a million subscribers.

The early childhood educator, who is now based in Newark, started producing videos daily, eventually turning it into a full-time gig.

The production, which takes place inside her home with the help of her husband, now has a global audience and racks up millions of views.

Sutton recently received a grant from the #YouTube Black Voices fund program, which is dedicated to investing in black creators and artists, providing them with the resources to grow their presence on the platform.

Shirley K. Rosa