Secondary Education and English
Middletown, CT, resident Sarah Waterhouse says her time at Western New England University has been filled with influential experiences that have shaped her into the person she is today, and who she will be as a future educator. As a Secondary Education and English major, working in the English Department and Writing Center has given Sarah strong connections with her peers and professors that have supported her throughout her education. She also learned valuable and hands-on skills that will translate directly into her future classroom as a high school English teacher. Academically, Sarah has an outstanding 3.89 GPA and is currently president of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
Sarah’s creativity isn’t limited to writing or teaching; she also loves the spotlight. Whether performing with student comedy troupe, Improv on the Rocks, directing the fall 2018 play “Murdered to Death” or starring as the lead in “Hello, Dolly!” with Stageless Players, the creative outlets and friends Sarah has made are invaluable to her. These leadership experiences have honed Sarah’s organizational, communication and managements skills, which will benefit long after she graduates.
This past summer Sarah worked full time for the Wilbraham YMCA as a counselor and event programmer for middle and high school students at Stony Brook Acres camp. Being able to spend time with kids throughout the summer and give them fun and meaningful experiences was rewarding for her, even in the summer heat.
This fall, Sarah has been student teaching 8th and 10th grade English at Springfield Conservatory of the Arts. She will transition from simply assisting in the classroom to lead teaching and classroom management. This will provide Sarah an intense, hands on experience as she makes strides toward her goal of teaching high school English. Beyond the classroom Sarah also hopes to one run her own drama club.