“Everything is so new and exciting,” said Sara, who teaches kindergarten at Stratford School in Santa Clara, CA. "The more excited about learning [the students] are the more curious they will be and the better the chance they have to be a learner throughout their life.”
Sara herself is a life-long learner. She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA before doing her student teaching and earning her teaching credential.
“When I first started going to college I was really lost. I thought I should know what I wanted to do,” said Sara. “When I realized I didn’t need to be that focused, I tried out many different types of classes and took courses that just felt right.”
Eventually, Sara determined she had a passion for education and decided to teach preschool for a few years.
“While you’re in college, you have the opportunity to fill out your life as much as you can,” said Sara. “You can do that by traveling or taking the odd job or volunteering.”
In addition to her experience in early childhood education, Sara also worked as a waitress and a nanny, volunteered at a veteran’s home, and even spent several months traveling in Europe.
“All of those jobs and experiences helped me figure out what I was good at and what I wanted to spend my life doing,” said Sara.
Those activities, she says, also helped her feel like she was part of a community.
“I kept myself busy. I didn’t let myself be alone,” said Sara. “You’ll make friends wherever you go, but you have to get out and find them.”
Sara is already busy navigating her next adventure: getting her master’s degree in counselor education at San José State University.
“I still feel like I’m not really done with school,” said Sara. “For the moment I’m really happy teaching kindergarten, but I would eventually like to teach at the community college level.”