Sarah Barton Thomas

Me @ Dell2I am a lead learner, chief encourager, deep thinker, and creative problem solver.  I have proven classroom success in both public and independent school settings.  I have successfully built and sustained opera education programs throughout the U.S. I fostered strong musical skills in my students while integrating academic and social skills into daily lessons.  A teacher-leader, I am an active member of a vast array of enrichment and curricular committees as well as a leader within my community.  I am a coach, leading children and adults to running success.  I am a life-long learner; actively seeking professional growth opportunities on a regular basis and holding an advanced degree in school administration from Johns Hopkins University.  I am organized, capable of handling multiple projects simultaneously and successfully.  I am compassionate with both students and colleagues; with a clear understanding that life and learning go hand in hand.  I am collaborative and consistently flexible with subject integration, shared leadership, and open communication.  I am innovative, moving beyond traditional pedagogy and embracing a style that is creative, technologically rich, and integrated.


The Principals’ Center-New and Aspiring Leaders Institute, Nov. 2012
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

MS. Ed. – School Administration and Supervision, May 2009
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Klingenstein Center-Summer Institute, Summer 2008
Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

B.S. Education in Vocal Music Education, December 2000
Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri
Cum Laude


The Montgomery Academy,Montgomery, AL

July 2015-present                                        Middle School Director

  •  Leader of a division of 28 teachers and 266 students in grades 5-8 that emphasizes scholarship, service, honor, leadership, and the pursuit of excellence
  • Collaborate with teachers to achieve divisional goals in the area of reflection, problem solving, schedule revision for character development, and leadership development
  • Chair of the k-12 Schedule Revision Committee, 2 year team
  • Presenter of Parent Education and Professional Development for K-12 teachers
  • Active leader in local Edcamp serving as a founding member of the Edcamp Montgomery team as well as national leadership on the Edcamp Independent School and Edcamp Leadership teams.

Norwood School, Bethesda, MD

July 2013-June 2015                                 Technology Integration Coordinator

  • Expanded role in July 2013 from Lower School Technology to K-8 Technology Coordinator
  • Oversee the technology integration vision and curriculum K-8
  • Collaborate with Director of Curriculum and Instruction to establish and affirm areas of technology innovation in all subject areas and grade levels for K-8
  • Continued delivery of professional development, standards alignment, and trouble shooting

July 2011-June 2013                           Lower School Technology Facilitator, Coach

  • Responsible for collaborating with teachers to create engaging, tech infused learning experiences
  • Align ISTE standards with elementary core content curriculum
  • Create and deliver professional development for faculty, staff, and parents
  • Assist with basic trouble shooting
  • Head Coach MS Cross Country, grades 5-8
  • Committees: Equity & Diversity, Character & Spiritual Development, Curriculum, Evaulation & Professional Development Task Force, Lower School Principal Search (11-12)

St. John’s Episcopal School, Olney, MD

September 2006-June 2011          K-8 Music Educator, Class Advisor,  5-6 Team Leader

  • Responsible for School Music Program (K – Grade 8: 250 students)
    • Design and implement a K-4 comprehensive music program incorporating a variety of pedagogy with an emphasis on curriculum integration
    • Design and implementation of interdisciplinary 5-8 music/arts curriculum including courses such as Music with Ordinary Objects
    • Design and direction of middle school choral music program
    • Designed and coordinated the Master Schedule for 08-09
    • Designed and presented faculty development in the area of multiple intelligence strategies, web 2.o tools, Windows Moviemaker, and other tools for instruction
    • Serve as a 5th grade advisor focusing on character development
    • Lead the 5th and 6th grade team through coordination of communication to enhance curriculum and instruction
    • Led arts curriculum, program development, and coordination of the faculty.
    • Served as a Tech Mentor and responsible for aligning ISTE standards and instruction.
    • Created, produced, and directed annual school-wide music concerts (Christmas concert and Spring Music Festival)
    • Committees: Diversity, Multicultural/International Festival, Summer Grants, Strategic Planning, Cultural Events, Chapel Planning

Montgomery County Public Schools, Gaithersburg, MD

November 2004-June 2006      Elementary Music Educator

  • Taught preK-5 general music and chorus in a large, diverse, suburban district
    • Active member of Behavior Management Committee
    • SGA Co-Sponsor
    • Arts team representative to school Leadership Team
    • Coordinated and produced 5 annual music programs

North Kansas School District, Kansas City, MO

September 2001-June 2002      Elementary Music Educator

Nishna Valley Community School District, Hastings, IA

January 2001-June 2001          Vocal Music Educator


Planning Team, Edcamp Independent School, 2015, 2016, 2018

Presenter: Digital Parenting, The Montgomery Academy, Spring 2017

Committee Lead, Edcamp Montgomery (AL), April 2016

Panelist: Beyond Measure Talk Back, The Montgomery Academy, Fall 2015

Committee Member, AIMS Teacher Retreat, April 2015

Presenter, Digital Balance: Parenting in the iAge, Norwood School, October 2014

Presenter, Student Tech Night-Digital Balance Life in the iAge for Students, Bryn Mawr School for Girls, October 2014

Co-Presenter, The Selfie Project, St. John’s Episcopal School, Spring 2014

Steering Committee Lead: EdCamp MetroDC, April 2014

Presenter, “The Joys and Perils of a Digital Life-Parenting in the Digital Age”, Norwood School, Bethesda, MD, January 2014

Presenter, “Discernment: An Unfinished Conversation with God.” Commonplace, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, November 2013

Presenter, “The Joys and Perils of a Digital Life-Parenting in the Digital Age”, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, November 2013

Guest Lecturer: “Adaptive Technologies for Learning” and “iPad Integration for Learning”, University of Nebraska, Omaha, November 2013

Co-Presenter: “Recharge Your Professional Development”, AIMS Fall Conference, November 2013

Presenter, “The Joys and Perils of Digital Life”, Student and Parents, Bryn Mawr School, October 2013

Presenter/Trainer, “iPads 101”, Triangle Day School, Durham, NC, August 2013

Co-Presenter: AIMS Unplugged, AIMS Tech Conference, May 2013

Steering Committee Member: EdCamp Metro DC, April 2013

Facilitator: Tech Integrators Unite, Roundtable Discussion and Social Media Conversation, EdCamp Leadership, July 2012

Co-Presenter: Twitter for NewbiesEDCampIS, Seattle, WA, March 2012 and EdCampPhilly, May 2012

Panelist: Dell EDU Think Tank –Dell/Scholastic, NYC, Fall 2011

Presenter: “Multiple Intelligences-Practical Ways to “Get” Every Student”—STJES, Spring 2009

Co-Presenter: “Cool Tools Workshop” Web 2.0 tools in the classroom—AIMS, Winter 2010

Manager: Maryland State Elementary Demonstration Chorus, 2010 (Asst. Mgr, 2007-2009)


September 2006 – June 2015

  • RRCA Certified Running Coach, January 2014
  • Middle School Cross Country and Track (distance)
  • Middle School Roadrunners 5K team
  • Howard County Striders marathon and 5k training programs
  • Montgomery County Roadrunners Beginning 5k team


San Diego Opera, San Diego, CA
Sept 2003 – November 2004                              Curriculum Specialist

  • Designed and created standards-based, curricular-connected lesson plans to accompany all San Diego Opera Education programs (K-12)
  • Served as a liaison between the Visual and Performing Arts Program of the San Diego City Schools, San Diego Arts Education Partnership, the San Diego County Office of Education as well as other San Diego County districts and arts groups
  • Designed and implemented professional development programs for the Ensemble, Teaching Artists and Docent program

Opera America, Washington, DC
August 2002-August 2003                                 Education Fellow

  • One of four fellows who participated in nation-wide apprenticeships in the area of opera administration.  Concentration on Education and Outreach programs
  • Fellowship residencies included Los Angeles Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Cincinnati Opera
  • Evaluated current programming, established new programming such as “Opera Kits”, served as a program director, and school to company liaison for tour programs


  • ASCD, NAIS, USMS, USAT, RRCA, Cardinal Key, Mortar Board, OPERA America, Sigma Alpha Iota

And these other fun things…

  • Ironman Wisconsin finisher (140.6 mi), 12-time marathon finisher
  • Running Shoe Specialist, Feet First Sports, Columbia, Maryland (February 2008-2012)
  • Member: River City Triathlon Club, Central Alabama Masters Swimming, Montgomery Bike Club, Howard County Striders (Most Improved Runner, 2006), Mid-Maryland Triathlon Club, Montgomery County Roadrunners
  • Fluent in applications of Windows 7, Mac iOS, Mac OSX, Microsoft Office, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, WordPress, and Web 2.0 tools including: ning, blogs, wikis, podcasting.

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