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Our Teachers

Sarah O'Brien

Lead Teacher

Hi, I'm Ms. Sarah! I am from Illinois. I moved to Alaska last year when my husband was assigned to JBER. Before moving, I had the opportunity to teach at a preschool and I absolutely fell in love with it. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education, but I’ve realized my heart is in preschool! Outside of school, you can find me doing a puzzle, learning to crochet, spoiling my guinea pigs, or fostering them too!


Tia Goward

Teacher Assistant / Paraprofessional

Hi! I’m Tia Goward, I am a born and raised Alaskan. Growing up in Chugiak, Alaska I got to experience so many amazing Alaskan sports including deep sea fishing, snowboarding, and even dog mushing! I’ve always loved being active and enjoying the outdoors! I began working with kids when I was still a kid myself! At Anchorage First Assembly I have been a part of their children’s ministry since I was 14 years old! Since then I have helped with countless fun filled events for our precious ones. Anything from Sunday school, nurseries, conferences, vbs events, and so much more. I am grateful to be a part of ACP and for all the joy the kids have brought me. I’m a mom to a preschooler, we have so much fun reading, painting, dancing and playing.

Shayenne Thomson

Teacher Assistant / Paraprofessional

Hi, I'm Ms. Shay! I am a lifelong Alaskan. I am currently a UAA Early Childhood Education student and paraprofressional at Turnagain Elementary during the 2022-23 school year. I graduated high school with a seal of biliteracy from the Japanese immersion program here in Anchorage. I am excited to learn more and teach more with children at ACP!

Jessica McCartan


Hello - I'm Ms. Jess! As Director, I  am passionate about helping our program grow to be a fun, safe, and welcoming spot for all kiddos and families. I enjoy supporting our wonderful team of teachers and parents, as well as the most genuinely kind students I have ever met.  I am grateful to have a supportive family with two young kiddos and enjoy exploring all of the opportunities this beautiful state affords us.  I take pride in helping to create an environment where everyone is welcome and am excited to be part of Anchorage Cooperative Preschool!  

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