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Connie Sanders,

Connie Sanders is the Manager of the Child Learning Center at Austin Peay State University. She came to APSU in 1990. A Lawrenceburg, TN native, she graduated from Austin Peay State University with a B. S. in Professional Studies. She has been involved in many professional activities and leadership roles including President of the Two Rivers Association for the Education of Young Children and Board member of the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children. She serves on the Clarksville Montgomery County School System Pre – K Advisory Committee and the Nashville State Community College Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee. Connie enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her granddaughter and reading.

Angie Denton,
Preschool Lead Teacher

My name is Angie Denton. I am originally from Canada. My husband, Ronnie and I have been married for twenty-one years, and have a fourteen year old son, Trent. I have been in the Early Childhood profession for twenty years. I have been with the APSU Child Learning Center for seventeen of those years. Through Early Childhood Education classes through Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance, and Nashville State Community College, I have earned my CDA Credentials, (Child Development Associate),  in Infant-Toddler, as well as Preschool. This past summer, I earned my Technical Certificate from Nashville State Community College.  Presently, I am working on my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Yearly trainings, workshops and seminars provide information about regulation changes and updated materials to help me provide a fun, safe, loving and healthy learning environment. I strongly believe in the Child Learning Center’s philosophy that children learn through play.  I appreciate working in a center that believes what I believe. “We cater to the business of children and the business of children is play!" Play is the avenue for children to learn best.

Annette Frees,
Pre-K Lead Teacher

Hi! My name is Annette Frees and I am excited to have the privilege of working at APSU Child Learning Center! This is my second year working at APSU Child Learning Center. My family and I moved to Tennessee from Michigan in January of 2011, and we love it here.  My husband is Kevin and we have 3 children. Danyell is 27 and she is a Police officer for Roanoke County VA. Troy is 25 and in the Navy. My youngest is Jaydin and she is 7 years old. I have been in education for 21 years and could not imagine doing anything else. I have worked in many different settings within education. I worked in developmental kindergarten, kindergarten, special education, as a Reading Specialist and now as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. I have my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and am planning to go back to school for my Masters sometime in the near future. Since starting at the Child Learning Center, I have attended many trainings such as TECTA Orientation for Preschoolers & Administration, several CCR&R trainings & Gold Sneaker training. I believe young children learn best through play and doing! All children in my classroom will be treated with respect and integrity as well as the families they come from. Children learn best when they feel safe and valued.