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Sarah Lord

Preschool 1: Manager Lead Teacher

Education: B.A. University of Southern Indiana, Early Childhood

Sarah Lord realized her passion for child education when she began volunteering in her mother’s daycare at the age of 12. When she attended college at the University of Southern Indiana, she was excited to be one of the first participants in their new B.A. program in Early Childhood and graduated with that degree in 2005. Soon thereafter she accepted a lead teacher position at a non-profit center in Bloomington Indiana where she worked with children aged one to three years old. In the summer of 2012 she relocated to Allendale and is the P1 lead teacher and after being at the Children’s Enrichment Center for three years is the Program Administrative Lead Teacher.

Sarah is married to Richard Lord, a faculty member in chemistry at GVSU along with being the faculty and staff advisors for the Brewing and Science technology Club on campus. Sarah and Richard have five fuzzy children who eat, sleep, and meow. Sarah enjoys gardening, knitting, reading, brewing, and hiking in her spare time.  

Ms. Daphnea

Daphnea Sutherland

 Assistant Director Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

Education: B.A. Grand Valley State University; Exercise Science- Emphasis in Teaching Instruction Fitness

Daphnea Sutherland graduated from GVSU in 2013 with her degree in exercise science. She has always had a passion for teaching and working with children and has been doing it for 15+ years. While seeking a degree at GVSU, Daphnea took many elementary education courses, student taught k-12 and tutored students at Shawmut Elementary. She has enjoyed working at different centers as a lead preschool teacher, teacher assistant, and teaching swim lessons 4- 12 year olds.  During college she decided to seek the exercise science degree with the goal of combining her passion of teaching education and healthy living to children. 

Daphnea has an 8yr old daughter named Makenna who also attended the Children's Enrichment Center and still does on an occasion before and after school. Outside of her time spent in the classroom, Daphnea and her daughter enjoy spending time with family and friends and being active outdoors. They are looking very forward to school starting back up and all that comes with the fall season; pumpkins, leaves, GVSU football games, etc. Daphnea is also looking very forward to the new school year in the Preschool 2 classroom. 


Jenny Evert

Assistant Director Preschool 3 Lead Teacher

Education: B.A. Grand Valley State University, Sociology; Pursuing Child Development Associate (GRCC)

Jenny Evert graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2002 with a B.A. in Sociology. Ever since graduating she decided that her passion was working with children and helping them learn and grow. She has had the opportunity of working with children in a variety of settings such as daycares, before and after school programs, preschools and even as a nanny. She is very excited to be part of the GVSU Children’s Enrichment Center and hopes to continue to play an important role in the lives of children.

Outside of working with children, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband, another GVSU alumni and their little one Betty Lu. Together they like watching college sports either on television or in person.

The GVSU Lakers and the Michigan State Spartans are their two favorite teams. Jenny also enjoys reading a good book, hanging out at the lake at the family cottage and spending time with her nieces and nephews.