Sarah Schulz - Upper School English

Why did you choose to work in an all-girls education environment? 
I wanted to work in an environment where I could help instill feminist values in my students. I want every girl I teach to know the power of her voice and that she can achieve whatever she sets her mind to. I love watching my students, eyes gleaming and hands waving in the air, articulate their ideas with confidence.  My favorite poet, Adrienne Rich, was an alumna of Roland Park (class of 1947) and she described the school as a “good old fashioned girls' school [that] gave us fine role models of single women who were intellectually impassioned.” I hope I can inspire the next generation of intellectually impassioned women of the world.
 
Why did you choose the subject you teach?
English has always been my favorite subject. I wrote my first poem at the age of six, attended a writing workshop every summer in high school, and majored in English and creative writing in college. I think literature has the unique ability to transport a person to unknown worlds. It’s really quite magical.  
 
What is your favorite moment in the classroom?
In “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Atticus Finch tells Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Every day I get to watch my students climb into characters’ skin and experience life from a different perspective. Often, I ask my students to take on the role of a specific character, whether it is Viola in Twelfth Night, Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God, or Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, and consider things from his or her point of view. I love watching my students shed their inhibitions and fully embody these characters, which leads them to a greater understanding of the texts we read as well as a richer and deeper world view. 
 
"I teach because…It means I’m never bored!"
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in setting high standards for students while doing everything I can to ensure that they reach those expectations. I treat my class as serious fun: we work hard, but it is infused with joy. 

Do you have a non-academic hobby or interest that your students are surprised to know about you? 
Anything that involves being outside. I’m an avid runner, gardener, hiker, and horseback rider.