My first experience of the co-op was in 2009 when my then 3-year-old son started preschool. I was nervous and excited for him, but mostly I was deeply grateful that we had found a place we knew would nurture and support not only him, but our family as a whole. Throughout the years following, I had the privilege of teaching in each classroom and building relationships with countless wonderful children and their families. My degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a variety of teaching experiences I have had over the years in addition to the EECP, both help to inform the knowledge and skill set I carry into this role. I see it as a great privilege to now be in the position of helping to guide our curriculum, staff development, and parent participation programs here at the preschool. I am also thrilled to be joining Teacher Cara in our Desert Doves classroom!
I have 3 children, my son is 16 and my twin daughters are 14. I love to travel with my family, to hike, bake and do anything creative!
Sarah Root, Director of Education & Desert Dove Teacher
During the time my three children were attending the EECP, I served on the parent board and later on the Board of Directors. I loved my experience there so much; I stayed on as a teacher, working in the 3’s and Pre-K Classrooms. During this time, I also had the opportunity to work in an administrative role for the UUCP. I recently had the wonderful (and informative) experience of founding a non-profit elementary school with a fellow former EECP teacher. We were able to see many students and their families through a difficult two years, working within the uncertainty of COVID to provide stability and support. I am so grateful to now find myself back at EECP, a place that truly aligns with my values and philosophy as a teacher. I believe that the play-based, child-centered education we provide is a gift to children not only in their early years but also has a sustaining impact on how they grow and who they become. I am excited to work again with Sarah, helping to strengthen the values and mission of the preschool.