Sarah Haren '05 - Early Childhood Education/Child Care

Sarah Haren '05

Caring for Kids  

"Going to school at Bates changed my life and set me on the path to success," says Sarah Haren '05, now a lead teacher at the college's child care center.

After the birth of her daughter in 2001, she decided to test for her General Education Development (GED) at Bates. While sitting for the battery of tests, she had the opportunity to explore the campus and the college's vast program offerings.

"Ever since I can remember, I've loved being around younger children. I've worked as an assistant, or a break person, in child care settings since I was 15 years old," says Sarah, now a mother of two daughters. So, it was natural that she pursued a career that connected her with her passion of working with kids.

Soon after earning her GED in 2002, she enrolled in the Early Childhood Education/Child Care program. "I am so grateful that both of my children were able to attend the child care center and be close to me while I attended school," she says.

Graduating with an associate of technology degree in 2005, with honors, she worked an hourly position in the college's child care center. "I patiently waited for a full-time position to open as an early childhood education specialist," she says. "Finally, in 2007, a position opened, I was hired, and my career began."

Sarah notes that some of her fondest memories of her studies were when she worked in the child care center as part of her lab. "It was a great experience. [Instructor] Laurie O'Neill demonstrated a passion for teaching," she says.

"Bates is my career. It is part of a diverse community and I love the opportunity to meet and talk with new people every day," says Sarah.