Sara Mwagura has spent the majority of her professional life working with young children. After completing high school and many babysitting jobs in a small town in North Dakota, she realized that a career with young children fit who she was becoming. As she studied early childhood education and learned how brains develop, a passion grew to ensure that children have an environment where they can truly thrive. Through the years she's learned that research shows play, movement, art, sensory experiences and authentic connections are some of the most effective ways to do so. She's spent her career searching and working for ways to integrate these aspects into early childhood environments. Her first professional endeavor was creating early childhood education programs in Mozambique and training community members to find strategies to educate children in a way that worked for them. That experience spurred her to get her Master's degree in early childhood education. She has since worked as a preschool teacher, child care director, Head Start coordinator, and a professional development specialist and coach. She recently moved to Lawrence with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy camping, playing games, gardening and traveling.