Sarah Lord

Program Administrator Lead P1 Teacher

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

Pursuing a Masters in Education-- Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Valley State University

Sarah Lord began working at the Children’s Enrichment Center in August of 2012. She is currently the Program Administrator and P1 Lead Teacher at the center which involves the day-to-day teaching of the 2 ½ to 3 year olds and management of the children and staff at the center. 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 has been the P1 lead teacher since 2012 and the day-to-day director since 2015.

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

Ms. Daphnea

Daphnea Sutherland

Assistant Program Administrator Lead P2 Teacher

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

Pursuing a Masters in Education-- Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Valley State University

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 Program Administrator Lead P3 Teacher

Education: B.A. Grand Valley State University, Sociology

Pursuing a Masters in Education -- Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Valley State University

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 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 of 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 guidelines and Michigan Food Program guidelines. 

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