Sarah Anderson holds a degree in American Studies from Bard College, and a MEd from Antioch New England Graduate School. Anderson taught 7th and 8th grade humanities at Key School in Annapolis, Maryland before becoming the middle school teacher at Cottonwood School. Before teaching in the classroom, Anderson spent many years as an educator in non-traditional settings: she served as a Community Outreach Coordinator for Metro Parks and Greenspaces in Portland, she taught job skills to local high school students on a farm in Vermont, and she worked as a teacher naturalist in the California Redwoods. She is currently the Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Coordinator at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science in Portland, Oregon.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.
Anderson has written for Teaching Tolerance, Educational Leadership, and Community Works Journal and her work has been featured by Yes! Magazine. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.