Sharon Newell

  • 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.

Sharon Newell

Head Teacher
Aqua Room

Hanley Hall, Room 115
Purdue University
1202 West State St.
West Lafayette, Indiana  47907-2055

Phone: 765-494-2953

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