Sarah has been teaching Italian for six years at various institutions, including Harvard College and Dartmouth College's Rassias Foundation. Her main focus is on second language pedagogy and on incorporating literary materials into the classroom as early as possible, so as to both challenge students and entice them to continue studying the language. She has worked extensively on course content creation at both Harvard and Dartmouth, and she has designed her own syllabi and adapted established syllabi to meet the needs of the programs she has worked with. This summer, she is returning to Dartmouth as Master Teacher Chair in Italian for the Rassias Foundation's Accelerated Language Programs.
In addition to the many on-campus courses she taught at Harvard, Sarah worked for two summers in a row (2014-2015) with Harvard's Summer Study Abroad program in Milan and Siena. The course students took there, titled “Beauty, Leadership and Innovation”, dealt with cultural economics and aesthetics as core principles and rooted itself deeply in the two Italian cities in which it was designed. Students toured fashion studios, design firms, 14th-century civic buildings and various other sites throughout Lombardy and Tuscany, and the course invited them to make connections between works read in class (D’Annunzio’s Pleasure, Calvino’s Invisible cities, and many others) and real-world businesses and public institutions and the creativity that helps them thrive. Sarah taught discussion sections for the course as well as two levels of Italian language, and she served as program coordinator and student mentor.
Sarah has independently taught private lessons in Italian, as well, and she has edited two academic manuscripts in the field of Italian studies. Click here to view her statement of teaching philosophy, and contact her if you would like to learn more or request her services.
Prior to teaching Italian, Sarah taught English as a Second Language for four years, in Italy and in the United States. She began teaching in large Italian public school classrooms, often with more than thirty students to a class, and after establishing herself in that role she began teaching small groups of students preparing for standardized testing in English conversational skills. Upon returning to the United States, she taught ESL at Kaplan International Colleges alongside her graduate work, eventually working with all levels from beginner to proficient to business English. She continues to teach both English and Italian privately.