I love working with many different kinds of learners to develop their understanding of the physical world. I believe that everyone can find a meaningful purpose for science in their lives, and I want all of my students to be able to approach new situations with curiosity, confidence, and excitement.”

Sarah’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Physics

“A basic understanding of physics gives us insight into both nature (e.g., the changing of seasons and the perception of color) and human society (e.g., engineering and communication technology). I believe that a high quality physics education can help students to better understand, connect with, and care for their environment.”

Professional Experience

As a tutor, Sarah has supported learners ranging in age from preschool to high school. She spent three months in Kyoto, Japan working as a class assistant at the Stanford Japan Center. In this role, she assisted instructors in Zen Meditation Practicum and woodworking/sculpture classes. 

Sarah worked as a research assistant at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Stanford, California. Alongside principal investigator Professor Aaron Roodman, she helped model the point spread function in Dark Energy Survey year-one data and presented on the topic at the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics in 2018. Additionally, she worked as a research assistant at the Stanford Plasma Physics Laboratory. Sarah supported principal investigator Professor Mark Cappelli as she studied interactions between microwave signals and gaseous plasmas in photonic crystals. 

Sarah will begin her second year of teaching at Sunnyvale High School during the 2021–2022 school year.  


Sarah enjoys playing piano and violin, stargazing, and set construction.

Academic Background

  • Stanford University (Bachelor of Science in Physics)
  • Stanford University (Master of Education in Teaching of Physics)