How Important is a Daily Schedule?

ImageEarly childhood education with a foundation in play is successful because it allows children to think, grow, and create while exploring a teacher-chosen concept. A play-based preschool may sound unstructured. Play-based does not mean that we don’t have a daily schedule or lesson plan, and it doesn’t mean that the students are running wild, doing whatever they please. It does mean that our students learn through play, and though they have the freedom to play with materials as they wish, there is structure and purpose to our day with goals for learning. Our daily schedule provides predictability and structure for our students.

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Meet our Team: Tena Carr, Early Childhood Development Consultant

Square Roots Preschool has an exceptional staff. Get to know our team!

Our school has some very unique qualities that set us apart. Having an Early Childhood Development Consultant to assist in all aspects of the classroom, program, and to recognize the strengths and opportunities to improve for our students is a huge asset.

Tena Carr, Early Childhood Development Consultant

squareroots_tenaMrs Carr has over forty years of experience in the field of child development/early childhood education. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her Master’s Degree in Child Development from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Iowa.

She has been a Head Start teacher and Professor of Child Development and Early Childhood Education at Modesto Junior College and San Joaquin Delta Community College in California. While teaching at the college level, she helped design and open three campus child development centers and supervised student teachers, and has taught lecture and online courses. She has served on the California Chancellor’s Office Advisory Committee for Early Childhood Development, and is President of Board of Directors of the San Joaquin County Resource and Referral Agency. Currently, Mrs. Carr teaches online courses in early childhood education leadership.

Mrs. Carr lives in Stockton, California, with her husband, Richard, and makes frequent visits to Arizona to visit her three grandchildren, son, Brennen, and his wife, Kristen. Her other son, Greg, and daughter-in-law live in Stockton.

Mrs. Carr is a consultant on policies, curriculum and environment, mainly working remotely, but making quarterly visits to the facility.

Meet Our Team: Kristen Carr, Teaching Assistant/Administrator

Square Roots Preschool has an exceptional staff. Get to know our team!

Kristen Carr, Teaching Assistant/Administrator

squareroots_kristenMrs. Carr earned her degree from CSULB in Art History and enjoyed an early career in graphic design management. She has gone on to own her own successful pet sitting business since 2005. She is an involved parent, logging countless volunteer hours at her children’s schools. She most recently taught the kindergarten Art Masterpiece program at Horizon Community Learning Center.

Mrs. Carr believes strongly in the home-based preschool option. Her passion for quality education for children under the age of five began when she was seeking out educational opportunities for her first-born. She has experience working as a teaching assistant for children from birth to age five and has a strong business background.

Originally from Southern California, Mrs. Carr moved to Arizona in 2005. Her husband, Brennen, works in restaurant management. She is mother to step-son, Brennen Jr., and children, Porter and Campbell.

Mrs. Carr handles Square Roots’ administration and is on-site most days as a teaching assistant. She has her fingerprint clearance card. She serves as substitute teacher when Mrs. Scholl requires it.

Meet Our Team: Taryn Scholl, Owner/Teacher

Square Roots Preschool has an exceptional staff. Get to know our team!

Taryn Scholl, Owner/Teacher

squareroots_tarynMrs. Scholl grew up in a family of educators. She graduated from ASU with a degree in Computer Information Systems and started a professional career in business and real estate. She quickly discovered after the birth of her first child that she needed to make a career change in order to fulfill her dreams of working with children and spending more time with her growing family.

When her daughter was two years old and she was pregnant with her son, Mrs. Scholl earned her second bachelor’s degree, this time in Family and Human Development.

Mrs. Scholl has worked with children of all ages from birth to pre-kindergarten and enjoys the adventures of each age group. Her passion is in teaching children five and younger because she knows how important those years are to a child’s development and learning. Mrs. Scholl is a certified Baby Signs instructor, has her fingerprint clearance card, is first-aid and CPR certified, and has her state food handlers card.

Originally from North Dakota, Mrs. Scholl has been an Arizona “native” since 1994. Her husband, Brian, works for the Phoenix Fire Department, and she has two amazing children, Avry and Devin.

Mrs. Scholl is your child’s teacher.