Hi! My name is Sarah Speer. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina, Aiken, and I was a certified teacher for the state of South Carolina. I’m excited to teach for Luma Learn!
Prior to my degree, I worked in various children’s church programs as a volunteer teacher. I taught preschoolers and elementary students. For two summers, I was a camp counselor where I taught lessons and led games. As a Children’s Ministry Intern, I planned, created, and implemented lessons and organized events. While I worked towards my university education, I volunteered at a local elementary school and completed practicums in several elementary schools.
Professionally, my varied experience includes public education, Christian private education, and educating my own children at home. After I completed my degree, I formally taught for 7 years in the classroom, 2 years online, and 3 years homeschooling. I taught for two years at a public school in a 4th grade classroom where I was responsible to teach all major subject areas and write my own lesson plans. For five years, I taught 4th-7th grade English and history in a private Christian school in which I continued to write lesson plans and in some cases created my own curriculum. Because it was a University Model School (similar to a hybrid school), I communicated often with parents. Parents were responsible to complete lessons I sent home with students, so I worked closely with parents to ensure a positive learning experience for my students. For the last 7 years, I have stayed at home with my children. I currently homeschool my kindergartener and first grader. Additionally, I teach online with VIPKid and Outschool. I believe these experiences prepared me to teach a variety of students and meet their unique needs.
I am excited to teach with Luma Learn. As a registered teacher with the Institute for Excellence in Writing, I plan to offer writing classes using this program. IEW teaches students to write in a variety of ways using structure and style. Over the years, I have watched students improve dramatically. I love that Luma Learn is a Christian-based platform. Education is more than just teaching the mind, but it’s working with the whole child. My passion is teaching and engaging with students.
Thank you for considering my application. I’m excited to work with Luma Learn and help you meet the needs of your clientele.