Teach2Connect is Sarah Barton Thomas, the “Lead Learner” (aka Director) of the Middle School Division at The Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. Her fifteen year teaching journey has led her from the music classroom, the opera world, the computer lab, and the coaching field to the principal’s desk and the leadership table. She is a born and raised Marylander who took detours in Missouri, Iowa, California, and Texas before making her way back home again to teach in the metro area.
Sarah was an NAIS Teacher of the Future for 2014-2015 and has participated in the Aspiring Leaders Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Klingenstein Summer Institute and was an OPERA America Fellow for Education in 2002. Sarah is a proud Bearcat of Northwest Missouri State University where she received her BS.Ed in vocal music education and a cheerful Blue Jay of Johns Hopkins University where she obtained her MS.Ed in School Administration. An Ironman triathlete and marathon runner, Sarah uses her love of running to coach Cross Country.
She is an advocate of the #edcamp model of professional development and served on planning teams for edcamp Maryland,edcamp MetroDC and edcamp Independent School. She and an awesome team brought edcamp to Montgomery in the spring of 2016! Known for her interest in helping others build a PLN and her enthusiastic presenting style, she often is found wrangling the schedule board at edcamp or pontificating about the awesomeness of twitter. She has presented at the AIMS Annual Conference and Technology Retreat and has served as a guest lecturer in the areas of PD, digital parenting, innovative teaching strategy, and technology integration to a variety of constituencies.
She is passionate about helping kids live healthy lives that are filled with character building experiences. Sarah loves to CONNECT with teachers and administrators from across the globe to discuss technology integration, cross-curricular connections, character-spiritual development, change leadership, and curriculum innovation. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading nerdy-teacher books, cheering the Green Bay Packers, exploring the woods, snuggling with Toby & Atticus, and drinking coffee.
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