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our teachers

Our Head Teacher, Peggy Lawrence, has 38 years of teaching experience. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Purdue University and has completed 36 hours in elementary education. Peggy was a participant in the Project Literacy Showcase at Purdue Calumet and a presenter at the Northwest Indiana Early Childhood Conference in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Ms. Lawrence’s goal for Sandpiper is for the children to become independent, self confident, inquisitive learners. She wants every child to leave school happy, wanting to come back.


Our 2 Day Teacher, Pam Demmon, is new to Sandpiper but brings with her thirteen years of teaching experience! She holds a degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement from Purdue University. She and her husband, Derek, live in Valparaiso with their three children. Lillian will be entering 6th grade this coming school year, and Carter will be in 5th grade at Discovery Charter School. Their youngest, Emily, is a two-year-old bundle of energy!
She is thrilled to begin teaching again after a short hiatus. As a teacher, she really values helping children become independent, lifelong learners. She wants to encourage their curiosity by making it exciting to learn new things.