Academy Director Sara McFall Presents at NAEYC Conference

Sara McFall, Director of The Academy of Cool Springs, was recently honored to be a featured speaker at the 2015 NAEYC conference in Orlando. NAEYC national conferences bring together early childhood educators (teachers, program administrators, students, researchers and teacher educators) to explore the latest research and learn from one another. This year’s event had roughly 8,600 attendees from over 20 different countries!

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Throwing a Pinterest Party

Sara’s training was called “Pinterest Party” and featured simple and affordable materials that preschool teachers can use to create homemade enhancements for classroom interest centers. These homemade toys and other unique ideas are a great way for teachers to extend learning for their preschool children.

The kids most often experience richer learning experiences when it comes from something homemade that they can really use in a meaningful way. – Sara McFall

Sara’s creativity, love for children and desire to see other preschool educators be great at what they do made her poster training session a huge success, reaching over 500 attendees. NAEYC is the largest early childhood organization in the country and The Academy family is so proud that one of our own was featured as a presenter at this year’s national conference.


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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The association comprises nearly 70,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 300 regional Affiliate chapters, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, they work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. (Source:

About The Academy of Cool Springs

The Academy of Cool Springs is one of 5 Academy preschools in Franklin TN. Our award-winning preschools have received the coveted Best of Parenting award for 8 consecutive years. We offer unmatched educational and enrichment programs in state-of-the-art facilities.