Teach2Connect is Sarah Barton Thomas, the “Lead Learner” (aka Director) of the Middle School Division at The Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. Her fourteen year teaching journey has led her from the music classroom, the opera world, the computer lab, and the coaching field. 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 are bringing edcamp to Montgomery for the first time on April 2, 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 with her two favorite edu-friends, Chris Shriver and Shannon Montague.
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, bingeing on Netflix, scrolling Instagram, snuggling with Toby the dog, and drinking coffee.
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