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.