East Granby Middle/High School
Sarah Faulkner is the 8th grade science teacher at East Granby Middle School in East Granby, Connecticut. Now in her 21st year in public schools, Sarah has taught grades 6-12 in three different districts and served as a STEAM and Science curriculum specialist/administrator in two other districts. She holds a BS in Biology from Wellesley College, an MS in Biology (focus in ecological evolution) from Southern CT State University, and an EdD in science leadership with a dissertation in science curriculum design from the University of Hartford. Teaching is her third career, having started in the computer industry after college doing software development, technical writing, and database systems management. During this time Sarah taught database design and technical writing at Harvard University, Rensselaer, and the University of Lowell. A decade later, Sarah changed to the field of environmental protection, working for the Nature Conservancy, American Rivers, and the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut in river and land protection. Then came the switch to teaching public school science where she was able to unite her love of teaching, science, and students. Her broad work experience allows her to bring diverse skills and knowledge to the classroom. She feels incredibly lucky to be able to teach in a classroom with salmon, trout, and the school greenhouse. She finds teaching climate change and sustainability to be challenging in today's energized and politicized learning climate.