Sarah Shipley - Teacher (T,Th 2's)
Hello! My name is Sarah Shipley and I am thrilled to be joining the staff at Preschool in the Valley this year. My husband (Will) and I were married at Great Valley Presbyterian Church in 2011 and my 5-year-old son is a recent graduate of the Preschool in the Valley program. We currently have three children (Liam- age 7; Benjamin- age 5 and Emily- age 1 ½). Our two sons have benefitted immensely through their involvement in Christian preschools and watching them learn about God in this context has further intensified my own passion for getting involved in this wonderful preschool ministry.
Here’s a little bit about me. I grew up in the Malvern area and attended high school at Delaware County Christian School. I later graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Psychology. After college, I completed a Masters of Education (M.Ed) and Ph.D in School Psychology from Temple University. I have worked as a PA certified school psychologist for a number of years in both urban and suburban settings where my responsibilities included conducting psychoeducational testing for special education programs, offering consultative services to teachers, and running counseling groups for children. When my oldest son was born in 2015, I transitioned into part-time work but continued to be involved in church-based volunteer opportunities that ministered to mothers of preschoolers and elementary age children.
I am very passionate about early childhood education and I continue my quest for learning on a daily basis. In my spare time, I enjoy reading new books and listening to podcasts on child development, parenting, and faith, as well as spending quality time with my family, friends and neighbors. I have witnessed firsthand the impact that positive early childhood experiences can have on a child’s long-term success and that is why I am so excited to be actively involved in creating a wonderful preschool experience. I can’t wait to see all that we will learn together this year!