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Ages: 3 - 5 years old

Enrollment: 20 children

Hanley Hall, Room 115


Sharon Newell


Sharon Newell
Head Teacher
(765) 494-2953

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, Purdue University
B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Intervention with a Kindergarten Endorsement, HDFS, Purdue University
American Institute of Banking-Supervision and Management
CPR and First Aid Certified

I believe first and foremost that all children should feel good about themselves, feel capable and feel successful in all that they do. My role as a teacher is to offer them opportunities for success and to help them feel that they can do and achieve anything. Learning should be fun, challenging and creative to meet various needs and interests of all children. I feel children need opportunities to learn about themselves and to develop high self esteem and confidence by being in a safe, supporting and inviting environment. I believe children learn through hands-on active engagement with their environment. Children learn through social interactions with both adults and their peers through play, groups and experimentation in all that they do. It is important to allow children to make mistakes, practice and to experiment.

I chose to come back to school at a much later age to learn more about young children and special needs. My own child inspired me as he taught me things with his high IQ and yet at the same time showing me his struggles with a learning disability. In my exploration of searching for ways to help my son, I found a passion for working with young children and families. Coming back to school and starting over in a different professional path was one of the most important things I ever did. I have learned about what my passions are and what talents and gifts I have to help children. The most challenging part for me, especially in the beginning of this profession, is that I cannot necessarily help every child in the way I might want to. Yet, I can help them feel good about who they are and help families to adjust to having young children as they take this adventure with them in their growth and development.

I am thankful for my opportunities to work and teach at Purdue where I continue to learn. I always say, "If a teacher thinks she knows everything, its time to get out of teaching." I consider myself a teacher/ researcher because we are always learning from the children themselves while we are also teaching the children. Just thinking about "how a child thinks" can stir so many thoughts inside of me that it keeps me wanting to know and learn more.

My passion for working with children is also reflected in my mission work with children and families in Haiti where I have traveled for 13 years. I am married to my very supportive husband Jeff, an attorney, and have two sons, Justin and Kyle.


Julie Clisby


Julie Clisby
Associate Teacher

B.S., Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University

I am a graduate from Purdue University with a Bachelors of Science in Child Development and Family Studies. I have worked with children for fifteen years in many different capacities.

As an educator, I believe that each child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I will help children to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. My classroom will be a caring and safe environment where each child can blossom and grow. I hope to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children. I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a beautiful 9 year old son, and two beautiful stepchildren. We are very busy with sports and cherish the time we are able to spend together. We love to be outside, enjoy family movies, and love a good “family game night."


Tammy Louthen


Tammy Louthen
Child Care Aide

Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech

I have been married to my husband, Mark, for 20 years and he works at Purdue. I have two children; Teia who is 18 will be attending Ivy Tech and my son Ethan who is 12 and will be in the 7th grade at East Tipp Middle School.


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