Sara is the Director of Student Accessibility Services at the University of Maine where she has worked since the year 2000. She believes that assisting students in their educational journey is a privilege and every day she looks forward to driving onto the beautiful UMaine campus (even in winter). Sara encourages self-compassion, self-determination, and student agency in her work with students. She has a deep rooted passion for cultivating intentional learning and resilience using a strengths based approach. Sara believes that as humans each of us has the potential to grow and evolve as we learn from our experiences, successes, mistakes and failures. Developing resilience is a personal journey not a trait, and professionals in higher education are uniquely positioned to help students navigate hardship, find strategies, and tap into resources that will help them keep their equilibrium during times of anxiety, stress and adversity.
Sara hails from Massachusetts and attended the University of Vermont where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Reading and Language Arts at the University of Vermont. Sara’s career in higher education began in 1991 at Johnson State College working at the Trio Student Support Services program.
She is the past president of the Maine Educational Opportunity Association (MEEOA), former secretary of the New England Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD NE), and former vice president of the New England Educational Association (NEOA).
Sara enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, making pasta from scratch and spending time with her family.