Middle School Teacher
Sarah Geddes is a middle school language arts teacher at Michigan Connections academy (MICA). She holds a bachelor’s
degree in middle school education with a concentration in language arts and social studies from Miami University, and a
master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Ashland University. Ms. Geddes joined MICA in 2007. She shares her
“From kindergarten all the way through college, I’ve always had great teachers who took a personal interest in my
success – many spent hours working with me outside of class to ensure I grasped a concept. I’ve always loved working
with kids and spent several years as a camp counselor, and also took on a role as a Big Sister during college. When it
came time to pick a major and a career, it was a no brainer. Teaching incorporates all of my favorite things.
One of the best things about MICA is that our school is focused on Professional Learning Communities (PLC). PLC work has
really created a collaborative and supportive 6th grade team. I think the collaborative nature of our school is what
makes it so special. No one feels the need to ‘recreate the wheel.’ Instead, the staff works together and shares
resources to best meet the needs of our students. I’ve never seen a school so driven by their mission statement, and so
dedicated to helping students achieve success.
When a student, parent, and teacher work together, you provide a supportive environment for a child to learn and grow.
— Ms. Geddes
I love the relationships I can build with my students. With individualized phone calls, I can really get to know my
students and help them with their specific needs. Whether a student needs 5 minutes or 30 minutes of my time, I can work
with them without trying to juggle the needs of 30 other students at the same time. In addition, MICA has some fantastic
field trip opportunities, where I get to spend time with my students and further build our relationship face-to-face.
I would tell prospective parents that they should join MICA if they want to be involved in their students’ education.
Our program goes beyond working with the child and really pulls the designated Learning Coach into the action. Parents
play a vital role in their children’s educational success. When a student, parent, and teacher work together, you
provide a supportive environment for a child to learn and grow.”
Outside of school, Ms. Geddes loves traveling and trying new experiences. In the past she has been snorkeling at the
Great Barrier Reef, skydiving and glacier climbing in New Zealand, paragliding off the Swiss Alps, and zip lining
through the jungles of Mexico. She also loves reading, taking pictures, and spending time with her husband.