Susan Parker (M.Ed. ’96 Soc Fdns) is Director of Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool in Virginia and has been awarded the 2015 District Award by Parent Cooperative Preschools International. This award honors outstanding service to the cooperative preschool movement on the local level. This year marks Parker’s tenth year directing the preschool, which embraces a child-directed, play-based curriculum. Parker has made outdoor learning a priority through the development of a new program at Long Branch Nature Center, enhancements to the school’s playground, and incorporating the school garden into the curriculum. Her tireless dedication has helped the school maintain a close-knit cooperative community benefitting children, teachers and parents.