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Sarah McDonald

Welcome Back!

I am so excited to be a member of a community to which I have heard so many positive things! I will be joining this wonderful school as the new Specialized Academic Instructor occupying room 13. I use the word "new" in a completely used-car kind of way as I am new to you, not to the job! I have worked in Santa Clara Unified School District for nine years. During those 9 years, I supported several different sites, but called Pomeroy Elementary "home" after spending most of my work time there. Every site in our district can look so different - unique models, methodologies, and philosophies, but fundamentally, we all want the same thing. We want to see ALL students succeed, learn and grow! It was truly bittersweet to leave the Pomeroy community, but am eager and happy to embrace change and serve this community. 

A little bit about me...

Professionally - I didn't always think I would be a teacher. In fact, for most of my life, I wanted to be an interpreter for the Deaf. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Studies from California State University, Northridge. After graduating, I moved back to the Bay Area and immediately got a job as an educational interpreter in the Mountain View/Los Altos High School District. After working with a couple of students and seeing them through their time in high school, I stayed on with the special education department and worked as a paraprofessional. In the evenings, I had a second job at Mission Community College in their Disability Instructional Support Center where I, along with general office work, proctored exams for students with academic supports/accommodations. I grew to love the student population I was serving and was encouraged to go back to school for my credential. So I enrolled in the Learning and Instruction Credential/Master's program at the University of San Francisco and did just that. The rest, as they say, is history.

Personally - I am returning to work after being on leave since mid-January as my husband and I welcomed our second child. We have two beautiful humans that we are lucky to call our sons. Lincoln is 2 and a half and Davis is just 6 months. Some of you may ask, so I'll clear the air, their names are not an ode to Civil War Presidents, it is purely a coincidence. My passions are, in no particular order - family, friends, supporting students, coffee and fun outdoors! My personal philosophy, in a very basic statement is this: students require a safe environment where they feel that they can make mistakes without judgements and take risks without apprehension knowing that they are respected and supported, in order to make progress in their learning. And that is always what I intend to provide!

 

I hope you share in the excitement of this new year as I do, and I look forward to meeting you and your children! 

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