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Sarah Nitsch

Tumtum (Pre-K) Teacher (

Sarah has over 20 years experience working in the Early Learning field. Most this time has been working with children 4 weeks to 5 years old and their families in Early Head Start and Head Start preschool programs, working in various roles such as a teacher, a coach (training teachers) and most recently as an assistant director. Her educational background includes an A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Clark College and various trainings and certifications related to observing and rating classrooms for quality standards and providing training and support for teachers and parents.

Sarah joined the Gardner School community in 2013 as a parent of a Tumtum student and has since enjoyed substitute teaching in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms as well as volunteering to co-chair the build of the early childhood playground stage, coordinate the school book fair for 5 consecutive years and help with many other ongoing PTO events at the school. “I am thrilled to join this team and help create an environment where children can develop a love for learning and school from a young age. As a parent of two children who have attended The Gardner School of Arts and Sciences for the past 6 years, I am excited to welcome the newest and youngest generation of Gardner students and their families into the school community.”

Sarah lives with her husband and their two daughters. They like to go hiking and exploring as a family when they have time. She also enjoys relaxing at home writing and/or reading or watching sappy Hallmark Channel movies while snuggling with her kids and kittens.

“As a teacher I believe in focusing on children’s individual strengths, needs and emotional well-being, in order for them to feel comfortable and happy at school; it is only then that learning can be embraced in an authentic and meaningful way.”

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