Welcome our new director!

Sara EvjenJoin us in welcoming Sara Evjen as Director at the Naomi Gieser Memorial Highlandtown Preschool at Breath of God Lutheran Church. With more than ten years of experience working with children and families, Sara is dedicated to improving the educational outcomes for Southeast Baltimore families.

Sara served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where she worked to increase educational opportunities for residents of all ages by creating a literacy and technology center. More recently, Sara served in two Southeast Baltimore schools through the Community Schools initiative, where she developed programming and built strategic partnerships in order to address the barriers that prevents students from being successful in school.

Sara holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and a bachelors in Family and Human Services and Business Administration from the University of Oregon. During her graduate studies, Sara focused on community action and social policy and was recognized as a Leonard & Helen R. Stulman Endowed Scholar. Sara is an active member in the Highlandtown/Patterson Park community, loves the outdoors and is currently training for the Baltimore Half Marathon.

Sara is getting started at the beginning of October. We’ll hire our teachers and aides in November so that our staff can orient and prepare throughout December. We’ll hold a student and family orientation with the staff on Friday, December 29th.

Our opening date will be January 2nd. We’re waiting on a few final permits and approvals from the state and city, and then we’ll begin taking registrations for our opening classes of three year olds and four year olds.

We are working to get open houses and information sessions scheduled for the fall, and will share those dates as soon as we have them.