Sarah began at Opal School in 2015 as an assistant, student taught in our third grade class, and was an apprentice in the Cottonwood classroom where she continued on as the classroom teacher. Prior to finding Opal School, Sarah worked in two private elementary schools in Seattle and taught preschool and pre-k in Portland. Sarah has her Bachelor of Arts in Community Psychology from the University of Washington and Master of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University.
Sarah is passionate about helping children to recognize their own gifts, navigate conflict productively, practice social emotional intelligence, and recognize their potential to be change agents in our world. Opal has shown Sarah the possibilities for growth when this is practiced within a classroom community. Additionally, the children have nudged Sarah’s own capacity for self-reflection, her values, beliefs, and comfort level with uncertainty. The children often lead Sarah to learn new things about herself and ways of being in the world.
Outside of school Sarah enjoys making jewelry, running, cake decorating, and camping on the Oregon coast during the summer with family. Sarah and her husband also mentor a six year old girl and enjoy spending time with her at least once per week.