About Sarah

As a kid, I thought my teachers were the most wonderful people on the planet, and I always wanted to be just like them. I even made my own little worksheets and forced kindly asked my siblings to be my students. When I got to college, it was a no-brainer, and I earned a BS in Elementary Education from Georgetown College in Kentucky. I began teaching in Central Florida, and I earned a M.Ed. in Reading Education from UCF. After eight years in the classroom, mostly with grades 3 and 5, I decided to stay home with my new baby, Evan, in 2011.

I thought since I could handle 20 third graders that one little guy of my own would be easy. Ha. I have never been so wrong.

I loved being home with my little baby, but I missed the classroom so much. Not the drama and politics, of course, but the students and the other teachers and the chance to be creative and think on my feet. I constantly had a one-sided monologue running through my head that I would like to tell others about teaching if I ever had a captive audience, so eventually, I started writing my ideas, which led to my blog, Using My Teacher Voice. If you’ve been with me from the beginning, you know I’ve had a few identity changes in the process from teacherteacher, which I wasn’t sure if TpT was even a real thing, to myteachervoice because that was my blog, to More Than a Worksheet, because to me, that is what my store represents. Whatever you call my blog and brand, t’s still me, trying to use my teacher voice and share ideas and helpful tips, freebies, and products that can make your life as a teacher easier.

In May 2014, Amelia came along, and I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I get to be home with my little babies and still create products for a profession that I will always love.

Thank you for visiting my little part of the Internet!

Sarah

8 comments

  • Judy Jacobs

    Thank you for your great info.

  • Shannon H.

    Do you know what happened to the lesson on balanced and unbalanced forces from 6/20/15? I saw it last night and when I search, it shows the lesson with the ball, but when I click, it says it’s not available. Thanks!

  • Loreen Mitchell

    I have heard amazing things about your lessons etc from a colleague of mine. I teach grade 1 and we cover an unit in science called ” building things”. Have you considered making some resources for younger grades. Just a thought. I am going to adapt some of your lessons that fit for my grade one students.

  • swigginsfl@yahoo.com

    I have definitely considered it, but my experience is with older students. I am not sure exactly what would be appropriate for the little ones. First graders scare me a little bit 😉 Do you have a particular resource of mine in mind? (Here is a link to my STEM resources: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/More-Than-A-Worksheet/Category/STEM/Order:Most-Recently-Posted#seller_details_tabs) I will be happy to send some to you for free in exchange for your feedback on what I could do to make it more appropriate for first graders. Please feel free to email me at sarah@morethanaworksheet.com !

  • Mimi Gransden

    Greeting Sarah,

    I am the Resource teacher at a private Lutheran school in SoCal. We are developing both GATE and LD programs at my school, and your STEM activities fit well into the GATE elective I’ve assembled for upper graders. Other Lutheran schools are very interested in copying the format and the curriculum I am using. I would love to purchase permission to share one of your Fairytale STEM activities during a conference in the fall, where I will be explaining my program these schools. You would receive free publicity, and I can show how activities, like your STEM exercises can be an exciting part of a GATE elective. Is that something you’d be interested in?

    Until we speak,

    Mimi Gransden
    Resource teacher

  • Hi Sarah,
    I was looking for a place on your site to send you a recommended site to promote but couldn’t find a good way to send it so I am posting it here. I started a small STEM education company to provide STEM kits, curriculum, and labs. These are mostly for H.S. level education, but much of the content is appropriate for younger learners. I wanted to share the link with you on my page of free resources and get your feedback on the content and see if it is something you would want to share with your patrons. Thanks for promoting hands on education. My love of science and engineering is solidly rooted in these kinds of activities.

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