Before she began working with graduate students in the University of Southern Maine's (USM) Teacher Education Department, Sara spent 12 years in classrooms as a middle school teacher. Her classroom practice exemplifies her belief that when students know what they are trying to learn and they see a clear and viable path to the learning, they are motivated to inquire as opposed to acquire. They seek understanding, not a good report card.
Her university professional life includes teaching Proficiency-Based Planning and Assessment, Curriculum Design and English Methods and supervising interns in their classroom placements. She serves on USM’s Core Curriculum Committee and her college’s Curriculum Committee. As a middle school teacher, she taught Earth Science, Physical Science, social studies and English Language Arts on four-, three- and two person teaching teams and wore the hats of team leader, department chair, PLC coach, and district leader for standards-based grading.
She tells us her family makes her feel she is one of the luckiest people she knows and that nothing beats spending time playing, skiing, hiking and eating with them.