Originally from Seattle, Sarah graduated from Middlebury College in 2014 with a degree in history and minors in Secondary Education and French. After earning her teaching certificate for social studies, she has worked in the United States, Germany, and Japan.

Sarah’s mission at ASE is to support the Pre-Doctoral Fellows as they prepare for the GRE and TOEFL, and to teach first year English. Outside of the classroom, she will work with the Academic Affairs Department and the Communications Team. She is also eager to support ongoing education-related research projects.

When asked why she accepted the fellowship with ASE, Sarah claimed: “ASE has the energy and dynamism of a start-up, but the outcomes and international recognition of a well-established institution. I was immediately attracted by the chance to learn from—and support—the school’s continued growth. I’m excited to work with students from all over the continent and to hear their perspectives. Beyond that, I hope to learn more about West African history, brush up my French skills, and maybe even learn a little Fon.”

So far, she has also enjoyed her time in Benin: “My very first meal in Benin was of pounded yams, which was a great introduction to the local foods. I’ve really enjoyed exploring Calavi and Cotonou, and am finally getting used to the motorcycle taxis. The highlight has been meeting the people of ASE, especially the members of the volleyball team. I look forward to the year ahead!”