Hello! My name is Sarah, and I have been an English teacher since 2005. I graduated from Wheaton College--a small liberal arts school outside of Boston, MA--with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature (education minor). My first teaching job was through New York City Teaching Fellows; I taught 7th grade English in a South Bronx public school for three years while completing a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education from Pace University in Manhattan. I then accepted an English teaching position at Blair Academy, a private boarding school in New Jersey. I taught 10th grade English, as well as a senior elective course that I designed called "Literature and the Sea". I also lived in a dormitory and head coached the girls' varsity tennis team. After two years at Blair, I had the opportunity to move back to New Hampshire (where I am from) and work for Appalachian Mountain Teen Project -- a small, experiential education non-profit that I had been interested in for years. Ultimately, though, I longed to be back in a traditional classroom, and after a year with AMTP I moved back to New York to work at EF (Education First) International Academy, a private boarding school in Westchester County. Initially, I taught all grade levels (9-12), but soon became certified to teach International Baccalaureate English A: Language and Literature. I was with this uniquely diverse school for just over six years as a teacher, tennis coach, and "house parent", but when I moved off campus, the commute became too much. I took some time away from teaching to work on some personal writing projects, and I am now a published author of poetry and short stories.
Writing has been a passion of mine since I was young. I tested second in the state of NH as a high school sophomore, and I was selected to attend an Advanced Studies summer program for writing at Phillips Exeter Academy -- an incredible experience that changed my perspective on teaching and learning indelibly! I was invited to be a peer writing tutor by the English department at Wheaton, and I have done private tutoring at various points in my teaching career. I enjoy both academic and creative pursuits and truly value the writing process!
I also recently spent a few months filling a maternity leave position as Head Upper School Librarian at Gill St. Bernard's School, a private day school in New Jersey.
On a personal front, I live and currently work on a horse farm in New Jersey with my partner Lisa and our retired Foxhound, Exo. I have more books than I probably should, and I think puns are the highest form of humor. I enjoy horseback riding, tennis, surfing, and snowboarding. I have a healthy obsession with Taylor Swift, and I try to do the New York Times crossword puzzle every day.
I look forward to working with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wheaton College - MA - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: Pace University-New York - Master of Science, Language Arts Teacher Education
writing, reading, surfing, tennis, horseback riding, snowboarding, crossword puzzles
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing