Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Sarah Emerson
My earliest memories stem from Highland County, Virginia’s Switzerland. It is no surprise to me that decades later I would live and teach in New Hampshire’s Belknap County, so similar are the mountains. Virginia, though, grounded me. I started attending public schools in Highland and then continued in Sussex and Campbell counties before heading off to Charlottesville. There I earned both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia, and I began teaching north of the Fort Valley in Warren County. I taught English classes and directed student theater productions: one-acts, mystery dinner theaters, and musicals. With a few years of experience, I moved out west, teaching English both in public and private schools in Denver. I continued directing theater productions and taught research classes for Speech and Debate. Here, I decided that I would like to become a school librarian even though it would take another decade and a new home. Yes, I returned back east, venturing into my mother’s home state of NH where I bought my great-grandparents’ house. Fortunately, I also began teaching in the lakes region, this time focusing on English classes while raising my sons, Sam and Miles. I also completed a library certification program at Plymouth State University and eventually transitioned into the new role I had chosen years before. I always knew I would return to Virginia where my immediate family has always lived, and in 2019, I did. This is my third year working as one of Woodgrove’s library media specialists. I also advise Woodgrove’s National Honor Society. I have always loved reading and teaching. Even as a child, I played being the teacher, and I have my younger siblings to thank for their patience. I am grateful that I can experience what I love every time I step through Woodgrove’s doors.