Hello! My name is Sarah Mahatzke and I am the Lead Teacher and Director at Saline Cooperative Preschool. Prior to staying home with my two daughters I received my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. The majority of my teaching experience has been in preschool and early elementary school.
My daughters both attended a co-op preschool in Ann Arbor where we were members for four years. This is where I fell in love with the concept of cooperative preschools and all the benefits they have to offer both children and families. I favor a play-based approach to learning in which the children’s interests help to guide my instruction. Emphasis is placed on these interests while infusing new and interesting ideas into the mix. Having a positive first school experience can lay the groundwork for children to become more confident, have higher self-esteem and encourage a curiosity for learning.