Degrees and Certifications:
Southwestern University -- BA in Child Study & Language Development; minor in Special Education University of Texas at Dallas -- MS in Human Development & Early Childhood Disorders University of Texas at Arlington -- Principal's Certification program
Mrs. Sara McCutchen
I am a dedicated educator with twenty-two years of experience delivering enthusiastic instruction and leadership across all domains, in a variety of settings, to a variety of age groups.
I was born to teach. Growing up in Atlanta, GA, my neighborhood friends and I would set up pretend schools in our bedrooms after school and I was always the teacher. When my little brother and sister came along, I was their teacher—showing them how to navigate the rules of the house and the neighborhood. As a high school student, I used my skills learned in years of swim team to teach infants, children, and adults how to swim. When I entered university, I was the rare student who was able to declare a major as a freshman. I never deviated from that path. I have taught English to non-native speakers in Japan. I have taught children with Autism. I have taught elementary and middle school students Social Studies and Math. I have mentored up-and-coming teachers and worked in central administration, coordinating a variety of programs (dyslexia, homebound, Section 504, and special education). As a campus administrator I have taught students about discipline, self-respect, effort, and achievement. Ultimately, my goal is to get a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction so that I may one day teach new teachers how to teach.
Currently I am an Assistant Principal at Rice Middle School. Having spent some time working in curriculum at the central office level, I am back at the campus level—teaching teachers how to connect with their kids, and in turn, teaching students how to embrace their own learning.
While I know and could go on about the importance of differentiation and setting high expectations, on data-driven decisions and inquiry-based learning, I have chosen to focus on my need to teach. It is my passion. It is the reason I get up in the morning. It is my motivator and what makes me a better person. Teaching is my comfort zone. As Dr. Sharon Johnson at Southwestern University wrote on my very first recommendation letter out of college, “Sara is someone who wants to make a real difference in the world. With her passion for teaching, I believe that she will.”