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Purple Room

Ages: 6 weeks - 2 years old

Enrollment: 8 children

Fowler Memorial House, Room 168


Shari Mooney


Shari Mooney
Head Teacher
(765) 494-4207

BS in Early Childhood Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement

I started caring for children at a young age and I have always had a natural curiosity in watching them grow, learn and develop. After staying at home with my three children I began working at the Miller Lab School in 2006. I strive to create a calm, loving and inviting atmosphere where parents are comfortable leaving their children and the children want to come back to learn through the many activities they choose from while having fun! Seeing children reach the milestones in their development never gets old. Every day I see infants and toddlers learn so many skills from each other, such as language, social, motor development and cognitive skills. It’s always an exciting day in the Purple Room!

In my free time, I cherish time with my family, I like to travel and I enjoy singing in the Tippecanoe County Extension Homemakers Choral Club in the Lafayette area and the Melody Makers State Choral Club.



Bianca Santos

Bianca Santos
Associate Teacher
(765) 494-0240

I graduated in December 2010 at Purdue University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs.

I did my student-teaching in the Blue Room and right after graduating in December 2010; I worked in the Green Room as an aide for a semester. I also worked in the Red Room and now, I am the Associate Teacher in the Purple Room in the afternoon! I’ve worked in almost all the rooms at MCDLS!

I absolutely love working with children! It can be a bit crazy at times but the hugs and smiles that I get from the children make the crazy moments all worth it.


Kim Culvahouse


Kim Culvahouse
Child Care Aide
(765) 494-0240

I graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in December of 2013 with an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and an Associate of Science in Education. Afterwards, I attended Indiana State University and took more Early Childhood courses, Special Education courses, and Elementary Education courses. In December of 2014, I realized I loved early childhood and did not want to pursue my Elementary Education degree. From April 2007 to December 2013, I was a substitute teacher for MSD of Warren County and Attica Consolidated Schools. In January of 2015, I decided to operate a non-licensed in-home daycare.I am now working as the child care aide in the Purple Room and love every minute of it!

I believe everybody deserves an equal opportunity to learn. I, as a teacher's aide, need to connect with each one of my students because every student has their own space when it comes to learning. As a teacher's aide, I will make sure our classroom promotes a safe and comfortable learning environment. I want to be creative, hands-on and interact with the students so they have fun while learning, yet are still focused. As a teacher's aide, I will help the students learn life skills, such as communication, interaction, and helping others. I will accept all students without judgment and set classroom goals and achieve them through teamwork.

I believe all students should have a solid education foundation with an equal opportunity to succeed. Education would be individualized to each students' needs. It is important for students to have mentors who help build confidence in their ability to learn. All students are unique; each develops at their own rate. Every student deserves a safe and nurturing environment where they feel free to be themselves. All students deserve proper equipment and materials to learn.

I look forward to meeting as well as knowing each student of the purple room and their parents. If you would like to meet me or have any questions for me, feel free to set up a meeting. I will be in the classroom from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. everyday.


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