Sara Thornton


My name is Sara Thornton, and in 2002, I graduated from NBCC, Fredericton, with the highest academic standing in Human Services. From here, I went on to work as youth counsellor. After giving birth to my daughter in 2003, I relocated to Durham Bridge, where I owned and operated Little Geniuses Community Day Care Home (2004-2007), licensed by Family and Community Services. While I felt that my small day care was exceptionally successful, I closed the operation to further pursue my education at UNB. While at UNB, I maintained a 4.1 GPA and won numerous awards including the prestigious President’s Sir Howard Douglas Scholar Award for academic excellence and active participation in extracurricular activities. In 2010, I graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (First Class Honours). My Thesis (2010), on “Parent-Child Sexual Health Communication,” won The Canadian Psychology Association Certificate of Academic Excellence. In 2010, I was accepted to UNB’s PhD Program in Clinical Psychology and awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Despite this achievement, I have decided to return to my primary passion: early learning and childcare. Currently, I have completed the New Brunswick Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework training and continue to attend professional development workshops. My work has been featured in the Early Childhood Care & Education New Brunswick’s (ECCENB) “Growing Together” journal, as well as in the article “Celebrating Inclusion in the Early Years - Behavioural Interventions in a Child Care Context,” published by Autism Learning Partnership. In my free time, I enjoy writing and traveling.