Sarah Anderson is an educator and author specializing in place-based education and curriculum design. Anderson served as a middle school humanities teacher for nine years, first in Annapolis, Maryland, and then at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science in Portland, Oregon. Before teaching in the classroom, Anderson spent many years as an educator in non-traditional settings from Vermont farmland to the California Redwoods. She is currently the Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Coordinator at the Cottonwood School.
As part of The Cottonwood School’s mission to disseminate place-based education practices to other schools in the Pacific Northwest, Anderson leads workshops and mentors other teachers in place-based curriculum design. She holds a degree in American Studies from Bard College, and a MEd from Antioch New England Graduate School.
Anderson is the author of the book Bringing School to Life: Place-based Education across the Curriculum.
She has written for Teaching Tolerance, Educational Leadership, Community Works Journal, Ed Week and Catalyst Quarterly and her work has been featured by Yes! Magazine and Edutopia. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.