Karen Gutt- Executive Director
I am very excited to serve as Executive Director at Discovery Preschool and Family Center. I was immediately drawn to the beauty of this school, the warmth and strength of the staff, and the innovative program goals.
I have been honored and thrilled to be an Early Childhood educator for over 30 years. I love to share in the discoveries, joys, and learning moments that abound in the complex world of guiding young children, and to join families and colleagues in their dedication to bringing excellence and innovation to these pivotal years in children’s lives.
For the last 10 years I worked at the Google Children’s Center at the Woods, first as an educator, and for the last 5 years as the Preschool and Pre-K Site Director. I also love partnering with families, and spent 17 years teaching at the Soquel Parent Coop.
Respecting people is the heart of my work, starting with the children. I earned my Master’s Degree in Human Development through Pacific Oaks College in May 2012. My thesis is titled “Listen-the Children are the Teachers. The Power of Creating Authentic Relationships with Young Children.”
I love to create dynamic learning communities that are grounded in the value of play as an essential medium for children’s development. I believe in the strong competence of children, and love to support the process of co-creating curriculum based on their interests and curiosities. I am very inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and approach to education as it embodies these values and offers such an exciting innovative model that brings them to life. Mostly, I love to create strong relationships with these incredible people who have so much to teach all of us.
When I am not at work, I pursue my love of writing, improv theater, piano, cooking and being outdoors, as well as spending time with friends, and my family.