This is Ms. Rachael’s third year as a teacher at Carmel Cooperative. She has 2 children, both of whom have been a part of CCP (her youngest is a Honeybee this year). Ms. Rachael was born and raised in Carmel, where she currently resides. She has been teaching early childhood education since she was 19 years old and is a certified Tinkergarten leader for Hamilton County. “I love that every day with a young child is different. Each day comes with lots of laughter and new challenges. Helping a young child grow and discover the world around them is the greatest reward, and I feel very lucky to dedicate my professional life to this task.” Ms. Rachael loves sewing, spending time outside, and all things Disney and Superheroes. Her favorite books are The Gruffalo, Junior Kroll, and anything by Mo Willems.
Ms. Sarah is a longtime Indianapolis resident and co-op member. Sarah's two daughters attended Meridian Hills Cooperative through Kindergarten, and that's where she fell in love with the Reggio Emilia philosophy and play based learning. She believes strongly in conscious discipline and learning in nature. Ms. Sarah attended Franklin College and is currently completing her Early Childhood Education degree through Ivy Tech. She also completed her Advanced Indiana Master Naturalist certification this year, and she is an active member of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildlife Society and National Wildlife Federation. When she's not at CCP, you can find her outside in her native garden, creek stomping, or hiking with her family.
Ms. Lizette is originally from Denmark and has taught overseas in five different countries for almost 20 years. During this time, Ms. Lizette has taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten for 10 years. She has also served as principal of a preschool with more than 130 students for over seven years. Ms. Lizette enjoys working with children from different cultures and with different backgrounds.
“We can all learn and be inspired from each other. It is very important that EACH child feels welcome and liked at school. I strive to make sure that all children are treated equally and with respect. When a child feels welcome s/he has a much better chance of doing well in school and learning and growing. We need to make an effort to ensure that this all is happening.”
Ms. Lizette strongly believes in learning through play and in the importance of outdoor education. In her free time she spends a lot of time in the garden AND in various hockey rinks around the nation watching her eldest daughter play hockey.
Wiggle Worms and Grasshoppers
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