About the Author

I am a teacher, a photographer, a writer, a transplanted Michigander, and a collection of other things. I current live and teach Spanish in San Diego, after several years of teaching in Detroit. This blog has been a changing vehicle for words and images – I started it back in 2007, to share my first study abroad experience during my last year of undergrad. I continued the blog through student teaching, and wrote a lot about my three years as a new teacher at a Detroit charter school. I sporadically documented a year of teaching in Spain on a Fulbright grant and got more visual with 365 days of photos. I write the most during periods of transitions, and I have a teaching blog that I tend to a little more regularly these days. I can’t make any guarantees about what you’ll find here, but I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Disappearing Act

Other little known (or perhaps highly predictable) facts about yours truly:
  1. I love learning about language and culture as much as I love teaching it.
  2. I got a Fulbright grant and lived and taught in Alicante, Spain for a year.
  3. In Summer 2012 I spent almost a month walking the Camino de Santiago. I’m determined to go back for more.
  4. I am very jealous of people who can raise one eyebrow independently of the other. I can’t.
  5. I am determined to have bilingual children.
  6. I don’t have any children yet.
  7. I created the Sandwich Symposium with some friends during college. I consider it one of my greatest claims to fame.
  8. I have two tattoos and stretched ears… but it is self and world modification I am interested in, more than body modification.
  9. I used to be able to spell in English but Spanish ruined me.
  10. I got a lisp in Spain, according to some, but I think I am still muy guiri.
  11. After moving to Southern California I’m more gringa and güera than guiri… but I still have that lisp.
  12. I am the oldest of seven children.
  13. I am terrified of heights but I love them. You will have to push me out of the plane when we go skydiving.
  14. Starting to dream in Spanish was an exciting moment for me. Some of my most vivid dreams are still in Spanish.
  15. I know how to pick locks, though I’m out of practice. (Don’t worry. I have never used my skills for evil. Yet.)
  16. I hate being anywhere without my camera and my journal, but constantly forget my keys, my phone, and my glasses.
  17. I probably need to clean up my language. Becoming a teacher helped me develop a strong filter, but made my after-hours language a lot filthier.
  18. I was home schooled until college.
  19. I don’t think I have ever successfully operated a combination lock without serious difficulties. May be lack of locker experience as a child. (See above.)
  20. I love big books and I cannot lie.
  21. I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
  22. I love putting things into Excel spreadsheets. My wedding planning spreadsheet was a thing to behold.
  23. I am not afraid of PDAs (that is, Public Displays of Affection).
  24. I am afraid of PDAs (that is, those yuppie planner things with a lot of buttons). (Oh wow. This item is outdated.)
  25. I accidentally became a coffee snob (to my dismay) but I’m addicted so I’ll drink anything if I’m desperate.
  26. I spent a lot of time in cloistered convents during high school.
  27. On a related note, my little sister is a nun.
  28. I am infamous for falling asleep just about anywhere. Desks, alleys, gay bars, innumerable couches…
  29. I have a cat. I have been known to sit at home alone with my cat and a bottle of wine, which may make me an early-onset cat lady.
  30. I love big and woofy dogs. My husband is a dog person so someday I imagine I will have a big, woofy dog of my own.
  31. Teaching is my career and my passion, but I dream of having self-funded hobbies. I have sold some photography already, so that’s a start.
  32. I wear out shoes until the soles come apart.
  33. I dream about ripe tomatoes from the garden, and places I’ve never seen.
  34. I will go back to Europe travel again someday.
  35. I love people with bookshelves.
  36. I make lists sometimes for lack of eloquence.
  37. Okay, I’m just really into lists.

8 Responses to About the Author

  1. Josie Ann says:

    Sara –

    we were destined to be friends

    or…i was destined to stalk you

    my monday nights are nothing but free

  2. Karina says:

    Sara – I hope you don’t mind me leaving this here but I’ve been searching all over the internet for you — stalking indeed. Well, not quite I hope. I just wanted to get in touch with you about a poetry book I’m trying to compile…Could you email me an I’ll give you the details? Feel free to delete this message, I simply couldn’t find a contact anywhere on your page.

  3. Aaron says:

    I love Your Page!!!!!!!!!

  4. grimmlore says:

    Hola Gringa!

    Tambien estoy muy interesado en las lenguas extranjeras. Soy Gringo y, de hecho, aprendí el espanol por mi propia cuenta. En este momento, dedico mucho tiempo de estudiar el japones. Para mi, es una obsesión, pero una q’ me ayuda en la industria de caballos de carreras.
    Soy encargado de una finca en Versailles, Kentucky, y tengo muchas oportunidades de comunicar con los hispanos. Hay muchos trabajadores y clientes de centro y sudamerica q’ estan involucrados con los caballos.
    Bueno, me encanta muchísimo su pagina! Tengo tres hijos, y los dos primeros no estaban interesados de aprender el espanol, pero tengo un nuevo…un bebe q’ ya comenzo de charlar un poco espanol y japones!
    Tienes mucho razon acerca de la pérdida de su lengua original despues de aprender otra! De vez en cuando, olvido una palabra en english y no importa si soy capaz de comprenderla en el espanol! jajajaja….Esa me vuelve loco!

    Chau!

    Ken

  5. David Kontur says:

    Hi Sarah –
    Your Dad and I just recently had breakfast together in Dundee and I was asking if you were in Spain and he told me that you were, and that you have a blog you had been writing. I looked at some of the pics in your blog – wonderful!! The landscapes look really beautiful too! How are you doing in Spain? How is the weather now? I hope this note finds you doing well and benefiting from your experience in Spain. Ann & I have some friends who lived there for about 5 years and he did not want to come back when it was time for them to return to the states.
    Warmest wishes!!
    Dave Kontur

  6. Teeny Bikini says:

    I need to clean up my language too. And then, I get bored after 2 days or something 🙂 Have a great week!

  7. Octavia says:

    Tremendous things here. I am very happy to look your article.
    Thank you a lot and I’m looking ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  8. Patty says:

    Hi Sara, thanks for visiting my blog (pattyinspain). I encourage you to teach abroad, it’s a wonderful experience full of ups and downs, happiness and angst and more emotions that enrich life with wonderful stories to tell. Best of luck, Patty

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