Sara Palmer


9/10 & 11/12 Conceptual English


Hello and welcome


I’m Ms. Sara Palmer, the Pre-Algebra and 9/10 & 11/12 Conceptual English teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. What can I say, I didn’t want to pick a favorite between words and numbers. 


This year is formally my 20th year in education and my second year as a full-time teacher at CASA, but I’ve been a short- and long-term substitute here since 2014. Before that, I taught upper elementary for five years in Western Massachusetts and seven years in the Steelton-Highspire school district. I’ve also served as the Director of Religious Exploration for the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg and as a trainer, coach, and speaker focused on real self care and solutions for overwhelmed moms and caregivers.


I graduated with honors from East Pennsboro in 1997, magna cum laude from New York University in 2001 with a bachelors in Elementary Education, and have a 4.0 in Teaching & Curriculum graduate coursework from UMASS-Amherst, Penn State, and Millersville University.


Students in my classes grow to think critically, expand viewpoints, challenge limitations, and develop into the leaders of tomorrow. That doesn’t happen without a lot of clear expectations, demonstration, and practice. I invite mistakes, I expect discomfort (from me, too!), and I welcome failure - only from the mess can we make a lasting message.


I live in Harrisburg with my partner and children (two bio and two bonus) and several plants who appreciate my tough love approach to watering. In my free time you’ll find me enjoying yoga, binge-watching Netflix and HBOMax, crocheting hats, belting along to Bonnie Raitt and Lizzo, and slaying lanternflies.



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