Sarah O’Hagan

What do you do at PSS and how long have you been here? I started at PSS in September 2018. I presently teach part-time in the grade 4/5 class and the grade 6/7 class.

What initially attracted you to work at PSS and what do you value about working here now? When I initially visited PSS the first thing I noticed was the strong, respectful relationships between students and staff. Also, each child is not only valued and embraced for their individuality, but their education is based on their learning style, personality, and what they are able to offer to the school (and broader) community.

What’s something you’ve learned teaching or working here? The importance of a collaborative approach to supporting the emotional, social, and educational resilience of children.

Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how? In my final year of university I had a theatre teacher named Dr. Peter Loeffler. He made space for us as his students to learn and contribute in ways that nourished our passions and reflected our personalities. He showed me that there is so much beauty and good in the world, and how important art is for humanity.

What do you look forward to in your role here each year? As this is my first year at PSS I look forward to absolutely everything – each day is exciting and fills me with great joy!

What is an example of your approach to nurturing social, emotional learning in your work at PSS? I think what drew me to PSS is the philosophy around recognizing, valuing, and nourishing the whole child. Also, I see each child as a unique human with their own way of interacting with the world and their learning. That being said, my approach is one of fostering a mutual connection with each child (to fully understand them as a person) while leading by example.

If you could bring anyone back to life and have dinner with them, who would it be? My paternal grandmother. I never met her and would love to learn about her life, as well as say thank you for giving me mine.

What’s one item on your bucket list? To see the Aurora Borealis in Iceland (while relaxing in a geothermal pool!).

What educational background, or ongoing professional development, do you draw upon in your work at PSS? I have Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. I also lived in Glasgow where I completed my Professional Graduate Diploma in Elementary Education, as well as a Certificate in Special Educational Needs/Additional Support Needs. Prior to that I spent 3 years teaching English in Japan followed by 3 months volunteering for an education focused NGO in Nepal.