“Sarah joined the Catapult team at the beginning of this school year, but her work ethic, reliability, rapport, and commitment display that of a veteran staff member. Sarah goes above and beyond to ensure that what is in the best interest for each student is always being met. Her community outreach efforts have connected families with local therapeutic agencies, sports teams, and health clubs. Sarah demonstrates knowledge that her students need to be involved in positive activities when the bell rings at the end of the day, and has extended herself to ensuring opportunities are available.” – Jessica Gale, Operations Manager, Camino Alto at Windham Middle School and Windham High School
University of Connecticut School of Social Work, MSW, LMSW
Why did you become a social worker?
I became a social worker because I recognize the importance of relationships. Being a social worker means I get the opportunity to work with those who cannot find the strength to grow as a person on their own. I hope to teach people the ability to communicate and build relationships through social skills and recognizing commonalities and respecting differences. I believe I have a strong internal empathy and compassion for others, which is the greatest asset to any treatment professional.
What do you love most about teaching for Catapult Learning?
What I love most about my position at Catapult Learning is my team. I also get to practice incorporating individual work, group work, and community resource collaboration at a micro and macro level.
What is your greatest teaching success story?
My greatest success encompasses several students. I feel most empathetic when I can form that relationship with students who may not have had positive relationships with adults in their lives. Through this therapeutic relationship, I can help them accept disappointments and mistakes and build goals for the future.
What have you learned from your students?
My work has reaffirmed for me that a joy for life and learning is an important aspect of any child’s life. I hope to be a part of the process to ensure that they get those experiences.