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DAPHNEA SUTHERLAND

Daphnea Sutherland

Title

Director, Children's Enrichment Center 

Email

sutherd1@gvsu.edu 

Education

B.A. Grand Valley State University; Exercise Science - Teaching Instruction Fitness
M.A. Grand Valley State University; Instruction and Curriculum - Early Childhood

About

Daphnea began at GVSU as an undergrad and quickly began to love all that encompasses the University. Daphnea graduated with a Bachelor's in Exercise Science- Teaching Instruction and Fitness in 2013 and again in 2019 with a Masters degree in Curriculum Instruction- Early Childhood. Her goal in acquiring the two different degrees was to combine the education into a position that allowed her to teach academics and a love for healthy living.

Daphnea began at the Children's Enrichment Center as a parent. Her now 12-year-old daughter, attended the CEC when Daphnea was completing her bachelor's degree. Daphnea loved everything about the program and all that the CEC offered. Even better, that her daughter was able to learn while also being a part of the GVSU experience. Her daughter, as one of GVSU's Littlest Lakers,  was able to learn and see first hand what a University is and grow to understand the importance of education. Daphnea says that as a Little Laker, her daughter knew more about the GVSU campus than she did. The CEC's program fully encompasses the benefits that the GVSU campus provides as a vital part of their curriculum. For example; if the children want to learn about ponds, animals, construction, etc., the GVSU campus has multitudes of hands-on experiences and places where real learning can come to life for the children at the CEC.

Daphnea began working at the CEC in the spring of 2014. She began by teaching nutrition and physical activity lessons and enjoyed working at the center so much, that she transitioned into teaching full time in the classroom, as a Lead Teacher. A couple of years later, she was provided the opportunity to also work in an assistant administrative position.This past fall Daphnea was hired as the CEC's director and she is beyond excited for all that this position entails. GVSU and the CEC have been an integral part of Daphnea's life for the past 10 years. For her and her daughter, GVSU and the CEC are home. Now as Director, Daphnea is excited to maintain all that she has loved about the CEC and all that has made it such a wonderful place for young learners and their families over the years, while also bringing excitement and a passion for further positive change and growth. Daphnea said that the absolute best part of the job is the people. Daphnea has the ability to work with so many different people; encompassing so much diversity; cultures, races, ages, and more. To have the ability to be a part of a child's life, their learning, and their growth brings so much joy. Working together with families is also so important, and it brings so much joy as you get to know them better and partner with them in their child's positive growth. The experience at the CEC is about more than learning. It is about doing our best to provide the best opportunity and experience to our families, the children, and to our staff. The CEC is a family of students, teachers, parents, and more and Daphnea is beyond thrilled to be able to be a part of it as the Director.


ABIGAIL GALAVIZ

Title

Lead Preschool 1 Teacher, Children's Enrichment Center

Email

galaviza@gvsu.edu

Education 

Child Development Associates, Pursuing Bachelors in Family and Child Services

About

 


SARAH LORD

Sarah Lord

Title

Lead Preschool 2 Teacher, Children's Enrichment Center

Email

lordsa@gvsu.edu 

Education

B.A. University of Southern Indiana; Early Childhood
M.A. Grand Valley State University; Instruction and Curriculum - Early Childhood

About

Sarah Lord began working at the Children’s Enrichment Center in August of 2012. She is the Preschool 2 Lead Teacher at the center which involves the day-to-day teaching of the 3 to 4-year-olds. Prior to coming to GVSU, Sarah attended college at the University of Southern Indiana, where she was one of the first participants in their new B.A. program in Early Childhood. After graduating in Fall 2005, she accepted a lead teacher position at the Bloomington Developmental Learning Center, a non-profit child-care center in Bloomington, Indiana. She worked with children aged one to three years old in a continuity-of-care environment and served as the faculty representative on the Board of BDLC for four years. In the summer of 2012, she relocated to Allendale and was the P1 lead teacher from 2012- 2020, the interim program administrator from 2015-2019 and is now the lead Preschool 2 teacher.

Sarah is married to Richard Lord, a faculty member in chemistry at GVSU. Sarah and Richard have two little ones named Thea and Freya. We have two other fuzzy children who eat, sleep, and meow. Sarah enjoys gardening, knitting, reading, brewing, and hiking in her spare time.  


JENNY EVERT

Jenny Evert

Title

Lead Preschool 3 Teacher, Children's Enrichment Center

Email

evertje@gvsu.edu

Education

B.A. Grand Valley State University; Sociology
M.A. Grand Valley State University; Instruction and Curriculum - Early Childhood

About

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.


ASSISTANT TEACHERS

Our Assistant Teachers are all Grand Valley State University students pursuing a degree in a child-related field. Many of our teachers are in education, hoping to be elementary teachers one day! They support lead teachers in daily functions such as lesson planning, preparing activities, and assisting children and families. We take pride in having a team of caring and compassionate assistant teachers. Our assistant teachers are all CPR certified and First-Aid trained. They also go through extensive training to learn licensing and Michigan Food Program guidelines.