Sara Slaybaugh

Assistant Teacher, First/Second Grade

BA, Elementary and Special Education, West Chester University
MA in progress, Reading, Writing and Literacy, University of Pennsylvania

saras@miquon.org

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I will never forget the first time I did an Internet search for independent schools in the Philadelphia area. I was overseas at the time teaching in Thailand, beginning to think about coming back home to the United States. The Miquon School popped up and I was in awe of what I saw. As I clicked around the website, I found everything I love about the art of teaching. Images of sparkly-eyed children with their hands in the mud tempted my interest to browse around some more. Reading things like, “We focus on children as individuals and respect their many learning styles,” and “projects and hands-on experiences are essential parts of our program” made me realize at that moment, coming back home to the States was not such a bad idea.

The first day I came to Miquon I found all of my first impressions to be more than true. I spend my days getting to know each one of my students in ways I never knew possible. The staff is unbelievably welcoming and I never feel — even as an adult — that there is such a thing as a “silly question.”