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Sarah Merkt

The Nueva School
4th Grade Lead Teacher
“Wise schooling has produced excellence beyond the teacher. The follower has surpassed the master.” —qing chu yu lan er sheng yu lan

Sarah is a native of Wisconsin and studied middle childhood education at Xavier University. She has always been interested in educating children and experiential education, beginning with her work as a wilderness trip leader in northern Wisconsin. She furthered her teaching and learning in New Zealand at an inquiry-based-learning school. In Shanghai, she taught third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students as a lead homeroom teacher at Shanghai American School and SMIC-International. Additionally, Sarah recently wrote the curriculum for China’s first health education program designed for K–3rd graders for the Joint US China Collaboration on Clean Energy group (JUCCCE). She is passionate about nutrition and wellness and brings the “healthy body, healthy mind” mindset into her classroom. This is her second year at Nueva as a fourth-grade lead humanities teacher.