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Faculty Spotlight: Sarah DiLuzio
Posted 08/17/2016 08:34AM

Sarah DiLuzio teaches Grade 1 at Carolina Day School. She joined the Lower School team in 2016 and is absolutely thrilled to be a part of such a passionate and dedicated group of educators. Sarah received her teaching license while completing her undergraduate degree at Connecticut College. While attending college, Sarah traveled to Copenhagan, Denmark where she took cross-cultural education courses. The following summer, her adventurous heart brought her to Fish Hoek, South Africa where she taught at a school for children living in a nearby township. After graduation, she moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she taught skiing to adults and children with disabilities as part of the outdoor adaptive sports program. In 2013, she moved to Asheville with her husband and began work as a kindergarten teacher at a local charter school before transitioning to Carolina Day School. During the 2015-2016 school year, Sarah was selected to participate in the Outward Bound Educators Initiative program. The course consisted of an eight-day wilderness trek and a year-long professional development sessions about integrating experiential education in the classroom. Sarah is diligently working toward earning her Master’s in Elementary Education, with a specialized focus in K-5 Mathematics, from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She is expecting to graduate in the spring of 2017. When she is not completing her rigorous online course work, Sarah can be found mountain biking or running with her husband, Derek, and their adorable dog, Max.

 

Get to know Sarah DiLuzio:

 

In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools?

I was drawn to the culture and community at Carolina Day because of the opportunity to effectively differentiate and individualize my instruction. I became a teacher because I firmly believe all children can learn and be successful at school and outside of the classroom. I love working at CDS because not only do students experience success, but they believe in themselves as learners.”

 

What do you like most about your job at CDS?

“Hands down, I love being surrounded by happy, engaged, and passionate coworkers and students. Going to school everyday is a true joy.”

 

In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions?

Students are inspired by educational experiences that are grounded in meaningful projects, thoughtful inquiry and collaborative discussions. These instructional strategies are student-centered and inspire an intrinsic motivation to learn through discovery.”

 

How would you describe your classroom?

My classroom is a collaborative community of learners who work all year to deepen their sense of self, broaden their love for discovery and form lasting friendships. It a safe place where students make mistakes, reflect on their growth, and set future goals. Most importantly, my classroom is a space where students can confidently proclaim, “I love school!”

 

What books and authors inspire you?

As a graduate student, I have read an incredible amount of books about curriculum and classroom culture. However, the book that continues to inspire me is Journey Toward the Caring Classroom: Using Adventure to Create Community by Laurie S. Frank. This book reminds me of the infinite ways to engage students and deepen their understanding of a classroom family.”

 

What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care” - Theodore Roosevelt  

 

How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?

“Well, let’s figure it out.”

 

Which classroom projects/events are you known for?

”I try to incorporate as many team building activities into my daily classroom routine as possible. I love when I can challenge students to work together in new ways and accomplish tasks they never thought possible. These types of events and projects naturally lend themselves toward a discussion of growth mindset and classroom community.”

 

What personal passion brings balance to your life?

Since moving to Asheville, my husband and I have acquired a passion for homesteading. Whenever possible, I enjoy working in our garden, tending to our animals, and canning. Exercising often also brings balance to my life. I love running, mountain biking, and climbing at the gym. Bonus points if exercising includes our dog, Max!”

 

How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school?

Carolina Day School is unique in the way that every child is celebrated and loved. Differences in learning style or approaches are encouraged, often deepening the learning experience for every child in the room. This level of acknowledgement and commitment to students fosters a love for learning that I did not have in my own elementary school.” 

 

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