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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
(Pronouns: she/her/hers)
(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.

Sophia Larson

Sophia Larson

Associate Teacher
(765) 494-0240

I graduated from Colorado State University with my Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Pre-Health professions. During my undergraduate studies, I conducted research that studied the learning abilities of children with Down's Syndrome, and from there my love for nurturing young children flourished. Since then, I have worked with children of all ages in various settings, and deeply appreciate the fresh perspective they bring to the table; additionally, I love witnessing them reach new milestones and acquire new physical, emotional, social, and cognitive skills. In the classroom, it is my goal to provide children with a nurturing, stimulating, and compassionate environment in which they can thrive! In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Jeehyun Kim-Chiang

Jeehyun Kim-Chiang

Child Care Aide
(765) 494-0240

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

I graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. Subsequently, I have worked with children as young as 5 to seniors as old as 70. However, I found true happiness when I was working with children, which led me to pursue my dreams at the Miller Child Development Laboratory School. I believe that the joy in preschool education lies with the children themselves. Although young, children are oftentimes wiser than adults, which provide a means of self-reflection and a return to our fundamental values such as kindness, compassion and love. As an instructor, I aim to nurture and cultivate these skills to create a more compassionate and ideal society. During my free time, I love to work on DIY, watch movies, and spend time with my family.


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