Meet Amy, Compass Co-Founder
Amy Steiner's love for puppets, art, messy fun, training and teaching, and all things silly and festive, fell into place with teaching preschool.
"There aren't many professions where puppeteering is cool," Steiner says with a twinkle in her eye and big smile. "The only reason why I was able to leave my beloved classroom is that I wanted to broaden my reach."
As an experienced classroom teacher, Steiner had to make a decision about joining her sister, Ginger Olson, on building a dream day care center. "I saw that I could be deeply involved with 20 children and families a year, or I could be involved in the lives of 300 children and the staff that reach them all."
By being a part of Compass Child Care, Steiner truly impacts even more lives than before. "I wake up everyday with gratitude that I get to do that."
At Compass Child Care, Steiner sees herself equally there for the children and for their educators. Steiner has a deep passion for children. "I hope that is obvious, but I share an equal passion for adults who put children first," she says.
As an overseer of the child care center, Steiner is an advocate for her staff. "My heart is for caretakers and teachers; they sacrifice so much; their patience seems unending; their creativity knows no bounds."
Over time, students move on, families depart as they head off to grade school and beyond. It's understandable that children going to a learning center won't remember their earliest experiences there or even remember the staff, but Steiner's deepest hope is that the children will move on from there having developed the courage to learn, the boldness to lead, and that they will know and recognize unconditional love because it was given to them at Compass.
"I hope our students find fulfillment in every stage of life," Steiner says.
Steiner recognizes she is part of a larger team that lays an important foundation for the future lives of those who attend their learning center.
"We really believe that everything you really need to know, you learn before kindergarten." -Amy, Compass Child Care Co-Founder