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Doug van der Veen

Doug was a stay-at-home dad finishing his dissertation on the nature of money when he discovered he liked co-oping at preschool more than teaching Economics.  When his oldest daughter left the preschool for kindergarten, Doug stayed on at the EECP as a teacher.  For the last 25+ years, Doug has continued to teach at the EEC and is the Lead Two’s teacher.

When not at school, Doug is the co-owner of an international firm that specializes in creating interactive learning spaces in over 500 public libraries.  He also was one of the two families who founded the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, serving on the founding board, designing and building many of the first exhibits, as well as driving the first Museum Without Walls but to festivals and fairs.

With all of his background in service to children, his favorite place is in the 2’s classroom, and he has made teaching an avocation and one of the favorite things he gets to do during the week.  Doug is married, has three children and two grandchildren.  He is fond of quoting Mr. Rogers, who is his hero.