Sarah E. Ross, M.Ed.

Program Director Executive Skills Coaching

After receiving a B.A. with Honors in English from William Smith College in 1999, Sarah worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer and literacy tutor in Greenfield, MA, where she received an education award for distinguished community service work. Inspired by her volunteer efforts in schools, she went on to work as an English, math, and Orton-Gillingham-trained reading teacher at (the now defunct) Linden Hill School in Northfield, MA, then the oldest junior boarding school in the country for middle school boys with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Following her work at Linden Hill, Sarah was a learning specialist for four years at Northfield Mount Hermon School (Northfield, MA), her alma mater, where she both coordinated the tutoring program and supported up to twenty clients at a time with academic skill development (reading, writing, time management, test preparation, test taking, note taking, memory skills, self-advocacy). While at NMH, Sarah pursued a Master of Education in Reading and Writing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and worked as a licensure advisor to Reading Specialist and ELL licensure candidates, effectively ensuring that our next educators had the necessary skills and coursework to be successful in their field.

In the nine years that followed, Sarah coordinated middle and high school academic support programs, first at Thayer Academy Middle School (Braintree, MA) and most recently at Berwick Academy (South Berwick, ME) where she served as Middle and Upper School Academic Support Coordinator for six years. In both roles, Sarah was a learning specialist to many students, a resource for countless parents, and worked regularly with faculty to differentiate instruction, intervention and assessment. She was trained by Dr. Marguerite Genest in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and accesses the SEL competencies regularly in her teaching. Sarah was also trained as an executive skills coach by Dr. Peg Dawson ( Smart But Scattered, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents ). She endeavors to further Dr. Dawson’s model through her work with children, adolescents and adults, now through her work with New England Tutors.

Sarah is empathetic, warm and fun and believes that being of service to other people is the most important work on the planet. She is a poet and writer, plays piano, gardens, and enjoys yoga, running, skiing, hiking, reading and entertaining. She lives on the coast of Maine.

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