“Twenty years ago, when I opened a child care center, I didn’t think I’d ever go back to school,” Cheryl Gould, the administrator of Rocky Mountain Children’s Discovery Center in Cañon City and a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship recipient, says. “Without T.E.A.C.H., I would not have received my associates degree in Early Childhood Education and would not be sitting in college classrooms learning about child development while earning my bachelor’s degree today.”

“The incentives are huge, but it’s really about becoming a better educator,” Cheryl says. “College opened my world to brain development, age-appropriate behaviors and the importance of play.”

Cheryl also encourages her teaching staff to continue their education.