Sandra Brown Turner, Director

turnerAs a native Memphian, I have spent my professional life working with and on behalf of children. I hold two degrees from the University of Memphis, a B.S.Ed. in Child Development (Aug.1975) and a M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration.

My history with Lipman School dates back to 1975 when I did my student teaching here and then in 1986-1987 when I was honored to be a graduate assistant. Before becoming the Director of Lipman School in July 2000, I was a tenured Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Southwest Tennessee Community College. I have served on numerous local, state, regional and national boards, task forces, committees, and presented workshops or keynotes all over the United States. I am published in a variety of professional journals with a particular interest in the development of spirituality in young children. It is my joy to come here each day and see the growth and development of the children, their families and their teachers.

Michon Anderson, Office Coordinator

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I am a native Memphian. My husband and I have a two year old daughter. In 2001, I received my B.S.A. in Accounting from the University of Memphis. In 2017, I received my B.S. in Criminal Justice from Strayer University. I became a member of Alpha sigma Lambda in 2016. I joined the University of Memphis in 2016. In 2017 I was elected Vice President of the Staff Senate. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Executive Business Management.

Carol Cordeau Young, Supervising Teacher, MA, MSEd
Reggio Emilia-inspired Preschool I, 2 year of age by August 15th of the school year







Hello - Nothing without joy! This sentiment is the foundation for educating the youngest children attending Lipman School. I have been on the faculty since 1995, and treasure every moment. Children are so astute about telling us what is important to know! As a recipient of the 2008 University of Memphis Dean's Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, my vision has always been to provide both young children and university students with the opportunity to experience best practices in Early Childhood Education. Reflective practice, learning in a social context, science and literacy are areas of focus for curriculum, action research, parent dialogue meetings, journal publications and workshops presented from local to international.

 Stacey Graves, Supervising Teacher
Reggio Emilia-inspired Preschool II, 3 year olds

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After living and growing up in Memphis I attended the University of Memphis and
obtained a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. I began teaching and after 8
years I took some time off to stay at home with my two energetic sons. Once
they were both in school I spent some time and fell in love with teaching
preschool aged children.  While in
college I wrote a paper about play and how much learning and growth takes place
during children's play. December, 2016, I was delighted to become the
Supervising Teacher in Preschool 2, the three year old Reggio Emilia-inspired
classroom. I enjoy having conversations with the children and hearing how they
think, dream, and especially, laugh


Erin M. King, Supervising Teacher
Reggio Emilia-inspired Preschool III, 4 year olds


I have a long history with Lipman School. My journey began many when I attended Lipman as a kindergartner. I believe my early experiences in this caring and creative environment set the stage for my later academic and artistic pursuits. I returned to the University of Memphis as a young adult and earned a B.F.A. After pursuing different venues for a career, I decided to return to the University to earn a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. While working on my M.A.T., I was fortunate to be a Graduate Assistant at Lipman School. In the 2007-08 schoolyear I became Lipman's first atelierista/art teacher. I found that I could combine my art background and my knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice. I became the Preschool II Supervising Teacher the next year which I thoroughly enjoy. I continue to develop my own artistic yens and am an active artist in the Memphis community.


Harmony Swenson, Supervising Teacher

harmonyI am a native Memphian and my husband and I have a high-school daughter. I received my B.S. Ed. in early childhood education in 1999 here at the University of Memphis. After teaching with Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools I was pleased to come in 2001 as the kindergarten teacher and become a part of the unique and magical environment of Lipman School. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership.

Jan Kidder, Supervising Teacher
Montessori I, 3, 4 and 5 year olds

janI am a native Texan and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Dallas in 1976. After receiving my Master's degree from Vanderbilt University in 1979, I adopted Tennessee as home and I have been teaching in Memphis ever since. I hold an American Montessori Society Pre-Primary certificate from Memphis Montessori Institute, and have taught in Montessori schools, Memphis City Schools, and adjunct for Southwest Tennessee Community College. I have been the Supervising Teacher in the Montessori I classroom at Lipman School since 2000.

Stuart Janssen, Atelierista/Art Teacher

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I grew up in Tampa, FL, where I attended an arts magnet program at Howard W. Blake High School. I moved to Philadephia, PA, in 2005 to pursue my B.S. in Photography at Drexel University. I worked as a gallery and student assistant while there. Between the pursuit of my undergraduate and graduate degrees I moved back to Florida and worked as a teaching assistant both under my high school photography teacher and with the art teacher at the Hillel Academy Jewish Day School. I moved to Chicago in 2012 to get my MAT from the Aft Institute of Chicago.  While there I apprentice taught in the Chicago public schools.  After graduation I moved with my family to Memphis where I worked with the Germantown Parks and Recreation after school program. I have been lucky enough to be the Atelierista/art teacher at the Lipman School since 2014.