Sally has over 17 years teaching experience, including 6 years teaching 1st and 2nd grades at FSM. Sally also served as our Lower School Director for many years. She has a B.S. in elementary education and an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction.
Sally began her teaching career in Oregon and has taught pre-school through 7th grade. She spent several years staying home with her children and most recently taught at Dodge Nature Preschool in West St. Paul.
Sally, with her partner Sue Tuggle, has two children at FSM. Since her first contact with Friends school, Sally says she has been inspired by the mission, community, values and children at FSM. She is pleased to have her own children join this environment that provides such deep academics, a peaceful world view, and a commitment to growth of the individual through community.
Sally is especially interested in outdoor education, digital photography, the Reggio Emilia approach to education, and exploring mathematics with children.
"I believe education is accomplished together. Children working together with their peers and the learning that occurs through social interaction produces the greatest cognitive growth. Because of this, the social and personal aspects of the classroom take on as much importance as the academic. Daily routines that include community building, problem solving, conflict resolution, and time for all to know each other deeply are critical. Teachers must be sure to model and teach social skills such as cooperation, responsibility, self-assertion, and empathy."