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Teacher Stays on the Move to Help

Sharon Cowley has never been one to stay in one place very long. After living in Connecticut her whole life through college at Fairfield University and UConn, she has been on the move, making stops in California, Nantucket, Europe and Asia. Now Cowley finds herself teaching preschool and early education classes at Comstock Community Center, where she has worked for the the past six years.

"I don't think you could do this if you like to sit still," Cowley said of her being a natural fit for the position at Comstock. When Cowley first came to community center, the Wilton Parks & Recreation department wanted her to teach art classes, then they needed someone to teach preschool. She offered to do it, and by Christmas of her first year she was running 11 classes.

"As the parents asked for more and more, (Wilton Parks & Recreation) just kept saying do you want to do more and more," Cowley said of her increase in work load. While some people might be overburdened by the number of classes and programs Cowley runs, she said she enjoys being able to help out.

When Cowley first started taking on preschool classes, it was mainly to serve as a reserve option to other day-care programs  and most of her kids would come part-time to Comstock. Now,, with 80 percen of her sudents full-time, her program is a destination.

Cowley keeps on moving during the summer, too, running Cool Tots Summer Camp at Comstock where she has kids ages 2-6 for eight weeks.

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