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Excellence Academy Master Teacher Spotlight


Dorman Center Master Teacher Bio Picture Leann Sutter

Leann Sutter

Center Name: Dorman Preschool Center
Classroom Age Group: Preschool (3-5 years old)
Years of Teaching Experience: 25 years
Years in the Excellence Academy:     2 years
Highest Education Level Achieved: High School
Special Certification: CDA (in progress)


What is one of your favorite things about teaching young children?
I love seeing children learn and discover new things. I love when they know something well enough to share their information with others.
How has the Excellence Academy changed you, your classroom environment, your knowledge of early childhood development and your teaching practices and strategies?
I have gone from being a “theme” teacher to a teacher who enjoys learning and discovering right along with the children. The Excellence Academy has provided us with materials and knowledge to enhance our environments. The idea of studies went from being “what?” to “wow!” I’ve seen the children’s excitement towards discovering new things grow. Their ability to retain information has increased. I enjoy the documentation process so much more than any form of assessment I’ve done previously. It is much more thorough and provides me with a better picture of how the children are progressing. It is the best experience I’ve had in early childhood in the 25 plus years that I’ve been involved with children, by far. It’s what I’ve been waiting for!
Tell us about your family.
I am married and have four children, three boys (28, 26, and 24 years old) and a 12 year old daughter. We moved to Kentucky from California nine years ago.
What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
I love to trail ride. We have a herd of around 40 horses used for equine therapy at a horse camp across from my house. I love to spend time grooming, riding or just being with them.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
My family first, country living, fresh air, my dogs and the outdoors
How do you want to be remembered?
As someone who helped someone else feel less lonely in this world