Sarah Conrad, Toddler Teacher
I was born and raised in Sonora, California and moved here to Oregon in 2009. I lived in Clackamas for many years, before moving to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Human Services. During my time at the UO I worked at Moss Street Children’s Center as a student teacher in their preschool classrooms, as well as I completed internships at The Relief Nursery, DHS, and The Brattain House. After graduating from the UO I accepted a teaching job in Beaverton where I worked at for almost three years, before ultimately deciding to move back to Springfield in June 2019. Since then, my husband and I have purchased our first home, we now have two wonderful dogs, Winnie and Koda, and we are eager to start our own little family within a few years!
I began my journey here at the Co-op in July of 2019. The Reggio Philosophy was completely new to me, but quickly I have grown to admire all it has to offer children. It is vital for us to build loving and trusting relationships with our children because those bonds enable them to feel comfortable to freely explore the world around them. All children have the right to learn in an environment that is comforting, engaging, and that encourages them to explore their interests and wonders, and to me, that is what the Co-op provides.