About and Connect

Teach2Connect is Sarah Barton Thomas, the Head of Lower School at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Maryland. Her twenty-one year teaching and learning 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 MissouriIowaCalifornia, and Texas before making her way back home again to teach in the metro area at St. John’s Episcopal School and Norwood School before heading South to serve as Middle School Director at The Montgomery Academy and Upper Elementary Division Head at Trinity School, Atlanta. 

Sarah was an NAIS Teacher of the Future for 2014-2015 and has grown her brain through classes 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 is an RRCA certified running coach and has coached cross country teams at all levels and helped adults reach their marathon goals.

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, and drinking coffee.

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