Sarah Coulom - History Teacher
- University of Missouri-Columbia - 1997 - 2001 - BA in Art History and Archaeology, History minor
- University of Missouri-St. Louis - 2011 - present - Masters of Secondary Education
- Student teaching then long-term sub at St. Mary’s High School,
- 2 years at Central Reform Congregation teaching 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade Hebrew,
- 2 years at Rosati-Kain High School where I taught sophomore world history, junior/senior economics, senior Today’s Issues, junior US history
I’m Jewish and go to Central Reform Congregation in the Central West End
Favorite person in your field (author, scientist, chef, etc) and why:
- Howard Zinn - historian, author - he presents a different side of history without being revisionist
- Zahi Hawass - archaeologist, Egyptologist - his knowledge is extensive and his enthusiasm for his country’s past, present & future are contagious
- Travelling to places near and far
- Playing with my kids/taking them on “nerd vacations”
- Watching movies, TV
- I am a super huge Harry Potter nerd, so anything Harry Potter is a winner
- Zelda - dilute calico cat (She’s 14 and very grouchy towards everyone but my husband. And me if Jimmie’s not here.)
- Our sweet 3 legged dog Clark (border collie, Australian Shepard mix) died this winter. No, he wasn’t always 3 legged. We still miss our beautiful boy very much.
What is the one thing you couldn’t teach without?
Some sort of projection. I like to use a lot of visuals for notes, videos, maps, images to illustrate my points, links to news stories or other current events to prove that history is really just a continuous loop that always comes back around.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
I love seeing kids get something new for the first time, make connections from the past to the present (or other past events), asking really intriguing questions to further our class discussion or our collective understanding then bring it all back again when they make all the connections. I love seeing the lights come on in their minds. As a huge nerd myself, I love that I get to learn professionally.
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you do?
I would want to be working in archaeology or in a museum, art or history. I made a career change at 30 to become a teacher and if I can avoid not teaching, I will! I love being a teacher!
Which teacher had the greatest impact on you?
I have been incredibly fortunate to have had some amazing teachers in my life so I’ll try to keep the list as short as possible. Mrs. Stone, my first grade teacher, was the first outside my family to encourage my interest in archaeology as well as supporting me after my parents’ divorce. Mr. Hengesh was my high school band director. He made me love music again and encouraged me to find my leadership skills in color guard. Mr. CopperSmith was one of my high school English teachers and his enthusiasm for teaching, learning and making connections you didn’t see at first (like a human Seinfeld episode) was absolutely infectious. Mr. Moore was my freshman honors history teacher and he pushed us to do more, to learn more. He was so knowledgeable, I remember he would stand at his podium and just talk to us about history. Mr. Haake was my honors US history teacher and my econ teacher. I learned so much in his class. I even still have my notes and used them when I taught econ at Rosati!
What is one of your life goals?
I would love to learn to scuba dive and see the Great Barrier Reef. With my degree in archaeology, I would love to participate in a real dig, preferably somewhere in the Roman Empire. I geek out really hard on the Romans. There are so many places I want to travel to, to see, to eat the food, meet the people, learn about the culture and history. I hope to have the opportunity to go with my husband and our kids. I want to go to every continent (maybe not Antarctica…) and see all the cool stuff!
What is your favorite vacation spot or where you dream of vacationing?
My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this summer rather than in November by going to Jamaica. We got married in Negril, Jamaica 10 years ago and said then that we’d go back for our 10th anniversary, so we did! We just got back from Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It was absolutely lovely - bright blue water, white sand, mountains behind us… Just marvelous! We are deciding where to go on our next big trip - it’s between another trip to Jamaica, a trip to another Caribbean island nation or somewhere in Europe.