What education have you taken?
I have a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg. I am presently enrolled in the Masters of Education program at Brandon.
What accomplishments are you proud of?
I was always taught by my mother to be humble about my accomplishments.
Tell me about yourself/ your background/ your history.
I am a member of the Wood Mountain Lakota Nation. I have experience working in education as a teacher and in areas’ community and program development. Most of my work has been with First Nations communities in Northern Manitoba. I am very grateful to the people and the communities that I have worked with as I have learned so much over the years. I am presently working as a Policy, Reporting and Grant Consultant with the School District of Mystery Lake. My two greatest mentors were and are my parents who taught me about social justice, love and kindness. I have a wonderful and supportive partner, Leslie, two beautiful daughters, Kaya and Hannah and three beautiful step daughters, Alicia, Felicia and April. I have one sweet granddaughter, Lena.
How did you become interested in your field of study?
I think I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher because I really enjoyed being with children. I think that as I teacher that I have always believed that education is more than just academic success but it is about helping students to develop their sense of self-worth and identity. Part of the reason that I returned to school was because I needed to develop a more theoretical understanding of my work and to take the opportunity to reflect and enhance my practical and technical skills.
What is your philosophy in life?
I was taught from a young age that we have a responsibility to care for one another and to engage in practices in our personal and professional lives that support social justice and equity. I think that has to do with understanding our own humanity and humanness; understanding that we make mistakes and that we can learn from them, that we all have gifts to celebrate and that it is important to have a purpose in life which may change as we go through different stages. Right now, I think that my most important purpose is raising my children to be good human beings. I try to live my life guided by the values of dignity, honesty, respect, kindness, sharing, caring and courage as I think that is the foundation for a good life.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I really enjoy the work that I am doing today and as I tend to take life as it comes I have not made too many big plans for the future other than completing my Masters and raising my children.
Sarah’s written work is exemplary. When Sarah chooses to add to class discussion, she is open, honest and humorous. I have a feeling that Sarah has quite an impact on her community. Her Thompson cohort members look to her for support with their academic tasks. Sarah has been a significant support to researchers in the community and she is someone who makes things happen.