School Director & Lead Teacher
Hello! I am Shara Coughlin, a passionate educator and lifelong learner originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania. I had a career in school nursing prior to moving to a position in special education. I eventually found my calling in early childhood learning. In my most recent Director position, I was Lead Teacher at the Big Park Community Integrated Preschool. I spent 6 years in the classroom teaching a diverse population of 3-5 year olds, including those with special needs. When I became director of that program, I attained my certification as an International Baccalaureate (IB) preschool teacher. To date, I am the only certified teacher for this age group in the state of Arizona.
As you will learn, I am a champion of the importance of early childhood education. I am deeply committed to providing the highest quality program for the children and families in the Verde Valley. I believe in the importance of developing a love for learning in every child, and strive to foster their sense of curiosity and wonder of the world around them.
I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Pennsylvania State University and attended Ashworth College for my Child Development Associate certification. I am trained in the International Baccalaureate early childhood education curriculum as well. Along with my family, I reside in the Village of Oak Creek in Sedona.