In what ways did George School help guide you to discover your career path?
George School and the IB program didn’t just open doors to the world. They pushed me into the world at large. Not only was the curriculum global, but the international learning opportunities served to open our eyes to cross-cutting problematics of political, cultural, and social importance.
I’ll always recall the life-changing experiences with George School classmates on trips to India, Israel/Palestine, and Vietnam. It was these experiences which led me to study political science, teach recent immigrants for five years at a public high school in Queens, New York, and lead American students and youth in numerous educational trips to Cuba. And it was the Quaker values and George School experiences that led me to Haiti, where I now live with my Bulgarian-born husband and four-year-old daughter.
I had especially terrific teachers in my history, English, science, and math classes, who provoked me to question, think creatively, and work cooperatively. Our teachers were stimulating caring, and wise. I cherish the memories of lively classes with Polly Lodge, Erin Sio, Norm Tjossem, Laura Kinnel, Molly Stephenson, Fran Bradley, and so many more.
I’ll be forever grateful to George School and the IB program for giving me the world.
More about Sara:
In response to the Haitian earthquake of 2010, Sara headed to the devastated island nation, where today she is the founding director of InnovEd, an education institute of Quisqueya University in Port-au-Prince. InnovEd provides professional development in, as Sara puts it, “progressive educational approaches that we call Lekòl Vivan—Haitian Creole for Dynamic School. We believe in conducting research locally to inform an educational framework that is relevant for the Haitian context rather than perpetuating models that are parachuted from abroad.” Sara received a BA in political science and Latin American studies from Haverford College as well as a master’s in urban education from Harvard University.