McGann-Mercy High School
Riverhead, New York
Biology and Environmental Education
Why Biology and Environmental Education
“I first became interested in biology through outdoor recreation. I loved looking around and having a deeper understanding of the processes I could observe and the natural history of an area. In college, I decided to pursue environmental studies because of the emphasis placed on addressing the social, ethical, and environmental issues societies deal with that are related to science.”
On a seasonal basis while in college, Sarah worked as a white water rafting guide in the Rogue and Klamath Rivers in southern Oregon. After completing her undergraduate studies, she worked for the National Park Service at Crater Lake National Park as an interpretive ranger. In this role, she developed content for tours, talks, guided hikes, and the junior ranger program. Additionally, Sarah designed and facilitated place-based science curriculum for a six-week program that brought fourth through sixth grade classrooms into the park for day-long field trips. It was in this role that she fell in love with teaching. Prior to enrolling in graduate studies, Sarah performed state and federal drinking water compliance testing as an environmental lab technician for the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy (Utah). Sarah began teaching full time at West High School in January 2016.
While at the National Park Service, Sarah served on the backcountry ski patrol. She also volunteered as a judge for the Salt Lake City District Science Fair and as a ski instructor for She Jumps, an organization that focuses on empowering women of all ages and increasing their participation in outdoor activities.
Sarah enjoys trail running, skiing, time on the river, hiking, biking, cooking, and reading.
- Westminster College (Utah) (Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education)
- Southern Oregon University (Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies: Biology)