Sommer Jabbar – Training and Technical Assistance Manager

Sommer Jabbar is the Training and Technical Assistance Manager at the Early learning Neighborhood Collaborative. Prior to transitioning into this role, Sommer had been teaching in the early childhood field since 2011. Sommer’s experience ranges from being a 4 year old GSRP preschool teacher, to working with infant/toddler aged children at GRCC Lab Preschool. Sommer has also interned for Kids Food Basket, assisted in an after school program, and conducted preschool intake for the Kent ISD.

Sommer’s college career started with her Associates in Early Childhood Development through GRCC, from there she was able to obtain her BA in Child and Family Development from Western University, and is currently attending Aquinas College working towards her graduate degree. 

Sommer has a deep passion for the work of early childhood and strives to contribute to the field every day. In her new role, Sommer is able to not only spread her passion for early childhood, but her knowledge as well. On her free time Sommer enjoys reading, cooking, and hanging out with her family and dog.

A phrase Sommer lives by is “Always leave things better than you found them.” 

K’Sandra Earle serves as the Associate Director of ELNC. Her love for education and young children coupled with her passion for teachers fuels her work with ELNC. Prior to her work with ELNC, K’Sandra was the center director at Baxter Child Development Center. During her tenure with Baxter she restructured the site’s paradigm for early childhood programming. Since joining ELNC K’Sandra has been instrumental in opening eighteen (18) preschool classrooms and ensuing that ELNC preschool sites maintain the highest quality. All of ELNC program sites have established and maintained at least a four (4) star rating from the State of Michigan Quality Tiered Rating System.

A self-described perfectionist, K’Sandra strives to ensure that each ELNC sites meet the quality standards that are held by the agency in terms of teacher qualifications and professional development with an emphasis on recruiting of teachers of color. She firmly believes that the staffing of an early childhood center should reflect the culture of the children attending the center. Early Education should be an enriching experience for the entire family.

K’Sandra is native of Texas and is a graduate of the University of Houston and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has successfully completed coursework in Early Childhood Program Administration and is completing a Master’s degree in Early Childhood with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction at Grand Valley State University. K’Sandra serves on the board of Great Start Collaborative of Kent County. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Early Learning Partners Committee. K’Sandra also serves on the Grand Rapids Community College Child Development Advisory Committee. In 2015 K’Sandra was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award by the Western Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children.  She enjoys spending time with her family and shopping at Target!