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Sarah Shmitt

Name

Sarah Shmitt

Location

Punakha HSS, Punakha

Level

9 & 11

Subjects

English

Hometown

Portland, Maine

Sarah grew up in Wisconsin, but lived most of her life in Boston, Massachusetts where she pursued several degrees, among them a Masters in Theology and one in education and history.  She wisely moved to Portland, Maine twelve years ago where she has since taught English and Social Studies at Portland High School.  A co-founder and director of Portland High School’s Global Studies Certificate Program, Sarah designed and teaches the only World Religions class in a public school in Maine. In 2007, she became a Fulbright Teacher Exchange participant and taught in Chennai, India.  This experience, in concert with her academic and personal interest in Buddhism, provoked a curiosity about the relationship between culture, religion, and educational excellence.  She is a  cyclist and hiker, an adventurous eater, and a lover of music, art, and poetry of all kinds.