Teacher Spotlight: Sarah Payton

Everything we do at Day Early Learning is aimed at nurturing each child’s social, emotional and educational needs. Our ultimate goal is not only to prepare your child for kindergarten, but also to inspire a lifelong learning journey. Well-educated and trained teachers ensure that your child will be in the best hands possible.

Here is your chance to get to know some of our Day Early Learning teachers. This week, we highlight Sarah Carter.

Which Day Early Learning center do you work at?
Fort Harrison.

What age group do you teach?
I am in a two-year-old classroom.

How long have you worked at Day Early Learning?
I have worked at Day Early Learning since June 1, 2020.

When did you know you wanted to work with children?
Since the age of 14, I have been a caregiver in some form. My mom started a daycare in our home when I was 14. I went on to work in group homes with adults with developmental disabilities. Then I decided to get my CNA license to work in a Memory Care Unit. After that, I became a HHA, and got to work with a variety of ages. I was offered an opportunity to be an Assistant Teacher, and within a couple of months I was a Lead Teacher. Through this journey I found a home at Day Early Learning.

How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to watch movies with my wife, Katie, and watch Jeopardy.

What is/was your favorite children’s book?
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

What was the last moment that caused you to stop and remember why you love teaching and working with children?
A month ago, I watched a child try to figure out how to make the number 1 with her index finger. When the child figured it out she ran up to me and said, “this is my number 1 finger.” I asked her where her number 2 finger was; she looked down a second and then showed me 2 index fingers. So I asked where her number 3 finger was; she contemplated it for a moment and said, “I have 1’s, 2’s and 5’s.”

What is your favorite thing about working at DEL?
My class, although it is ever changing. The little moments that happen throughout the day that make me laugh are the best.

What other interesting facts do you want us to know about you?
I’m an artist, and I love exploring art with the children.

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