Sara Padrusch

Purplebird and Hatchling Teacher

William Paterson University New Jersey, B.A. English Literature
Childcare Education, 90-hour Child Care Class
La Leche League Leader (Retired)
Postpartum Doula
Substitute Preschool Teacher

For over twenty years, I’ve had the joy and privilege of working with children of all ages. Through my experience as a La Leche League leader and postpartum doula, I’ve worked with mothers and their babies, both visiting them in their homes, as well as leading meetings and groups for young families. Then as a homeschooling parent, I taught both my own children and children aged 5–18 at a local homeschool co-op. My favorite part of this journey began at the beginning of the COVID pandemic when I created a Show and Tell class for 5–8 year olds, which was initially held via Zoom and then later in person.

I believe in being present with children in the moment, letting them know that they are valued and loved. I bring curiosity, enthusiasm, patience, and empathy to every experience I have with a child. I have never met a child who I haven’t loved, and I feel so lucky to play even a small role in their lives and the lives of their families.

As the teacher of our Purple Birds, I invite curiosity, giving them the space and resources to follow their imaginations and interests as far as it takes them.

This year I’ll also be leading our Hatchlings group! I love being with families and their little ones, as parents get to spend time together while their babies and toddlers can make their very first friends.