Sarah W.

Bio

Sarah was born and raised in New York City, a place steeped in literary history that sparked her love of reading and writing. She attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in English and graduated as Valedictorian, winning the Stanley Prize in English for the most innovative undergraduate paper, and the Edward R. Perkins Literature Prize for the most promising English undergraduate. Beyond honing her passion for literature and creative writing during college, Sarah also pursued her love of teaching, which led her after graduation to teach middle school in Brooklyn, New York, and pursue a Master’s in the Art of Teaching through the Relay Graduate School of Education. After winning a Rhodes Scholarship, she put her teaching career on pause to pursue a PhD in English at the University of Oxford, where she studies representations of crisis in the contemporary American novel. She received her Master’s in English from Oxford in 2018. 

Sarah has eight years of teaching experience ranging from teaching public school full-time to private tutoring online. As an undergraduate, she served as a teaching assistant for several courses, from a place-based creative writing course to a community-based learning course in which she designed and implemented a reading group in a women’s prison. She worked at the educational nonprofit Breakthrough Collaborative, and in 2015 received the Teaching Excellence Award for best mastering Breakthrough’s instructional model. She also has experience with college counseling. Since putting full-time teaching on pause to pursue her own academic career, Sarah has nonetheless continued teaching at Oxford, with experience ranging from lectures and seminars to research supervision and tutorials. As a teacher, Sarah equips students with the tools and methodologies of the discipline at hand, and coaches students in reflecting on their learning process to come away with skills transferable to any future task. She believes there’s nothing more empowering than realizing that great writing isn’t a talent, but a skill that can be practiced and taught.

When she’s not curling up with a book, Sarah enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling, and is a passionate consumer of stand-up comedy, theater, and zombie movies.

Education & Qualifications
  • University of Oxford, DPhil Candidate in English
  • University of Oxford, MSt in English
  • Dartmouth College, BA in English
Specialties
  • English & Literature
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • Creative Writing
  • College Admissions
  • High School Admissions
  • Medical School Admissions
  • Homework Help & Study Skills
Testimonials
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "As our son’s college counselor, Sarah played a big role in helping him gain admission to Harvard, his first-choice college. Sarah joined our son’s admissions process when we were all feeling a bit overwhelmed and lost. She was able to communicate with our son (and us) with wisdom, compassion, and skill, turning what could have been a train wreck into an incredibly strong application. Sarah listened to what we wanted and needed and put together a comprehensive plan that included: forming the appropriate list of schools, brainstorming as well as editing essays, reviewing the Common Application, preparing for interviews, and providing the encouragement that he/we needed along the way. Sarah has the perfect combination of knowledge and bedside manner. She works with 100% integrity, and is honest, empathetic, and productive. Our son applied to three schools in Early Action and had nine more applications ready to go for Regular Decision in case the early schools didn’t work out. All of these applications were as strong as the first ones – she is that organized. We cannot quite put into words the work that Sarah did to help our son through this process, but we know that it shaped and formed his entire educational experience and for that, we are forever grateful."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Anonymous, College Admissions)