Sarah Kaul – Director
Hi! My name is Sarah Kaul. I am the Director of Northfield Daycare Center. I have worked here for 26 years, starting out as a lead teacher in 1983. I have a Bachelors degree in Management and Communication from Conordia University in St. Paul Mn. I also have extensive training in Mediation and American Sign Language.
This formal education has been very useful in my work with children, families, staff, public relations and the may other negotiations that come with my job as Director.
I am the parent of 3 grown, happy and successful children. I am very proud of all of them. For fun I like almost anything that happens outside, but especially hiking and biking. I also love to read and spend time with my family.
I love children. They are what I am passionate about, so this job is great. I believe that they teach me as much as I teach them and I strive to create an environment that builds learning in all areas. From using small motor skills in art projects that encourage self expression and exploration, to the big block room and the large outdoor playground that builds courage and self confidence. Helping them find their voices is very important at this developmental stage. I want to provide a place where they get many chances to relate with each other and strengthen their emotional intelligence. My experience has shown me that pre-school children are very excited about learning, so it for this reason I strive to offer opportunities for them to learn about life as it relates to them. It is my great privilege to be included in this education.
Gwen Phillips – Lead Teacher
Gwen Phillips lived in Northfield and worked at NDC for 25 years before moving to St. Paul. All three of her children are graduates of NDC and are very accomplished and successful adults. Lorelei is a personal chef in Seattle, Jamie is an admissions counselor at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, and Raven is a junior at the University of Kansas. Gwen lives in the Highland Park area of St. Paul, a block from the Mississippi River. She enjoys peaceful walks and beautiful sunsets. She also enjoys gardening, cooking and reading.
Education: B.S. Home Economics; Teaching Degree. East Texas State University Commerce, Texas
AAS. Interior Design. Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
Philosophy: I underline the NDC goal of the importance of a happy childhood! I strive to be a positive and consistent role model. I believe that children learn best thru play, along with plenty of freedom to explore their current interests. Therefore, I say “yes” to as many of the children’s requests as possible.
Izzy Bascom-Anderson – Assistant Teacher, former Carleton
I discovered the Daycare though a course about Cognitive Development in Childhood that I took during my first term at Carleton. The hands-off, child-centered, play-based approach to preschool was something I’d never encountered before. I knew I wanted to keep this joyful place in my life for as long as I could. From my freshman year through the summer after I graduated from Carleton, between trimesters abroad and long summers at home, I’ve been known to many as Teacher Izzy. I am very proud to be apart of the NDC community and I am grateful for the role it’s played in my time at Carleton.
Northfield Daycare, and Center is supported by Carleton and St. Olaf work study students. They are a huge help to us in so many ways. Extra ears, hands and eyes make our child to teacher ratio more than is required by Minnesota licensing regulations. They add so much just by being young at heart and fun loving.