Ms. Karen Smith
 
Ms. Karen has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 40 years. She has taught in the 2 1/2 year olds, 3's, 4's, and Young Fives programs all here at The Growing Place for 28 years! Prior to teaching at The Growing Place, she owned and operated a large family day care for 12 years. So children have been a huge part of her life. She holds an AA in Early with many certificates in this field. She looks forward to providing a safe, nurturing and fun preschool experience for each child in her class. She feels each child is unique with eagerness to learn and explore the world around them by using their 5 senses.
She has 6 children of her own along with 8 beautiful grandchildren. She is proud to say that all 6 of her children and one of her grandsons all attended The Growing Place Preschool.  
Karen was recently married in July. She and Chuck enjoy traveling as much as they can, along with visiting her kids and grandkids in Las Vegas and Florida. 
 
Ms. Sarah Duckhart
 
This is Sarah's second year at The Growing Place. She graduated from California State University Channel Islands with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Early Childhood. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley until her family moved to Thousand Oaks. She loves animals and has a special dog named Sadie, a 5 month old Basenji. 
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her sister Chelsea and husband. She also can be found reading, attending concerts and scrapbooking. 
Sarah looks forward to creating a classroom community where every child feels welcome, safe and excited to learn.