Mrs. Sara (Kaplan) Callahan ’02
Sara (Kaplan) Callahan ’02 is a proud graduate of Eagle Hill School. In 2006, she earned her BA in literature from Hampshire College and joined the small ranks of learning disabled students with college degrees. With a 120-page thesis documenting Otherness in nineteenth-century British Gothic literature, and a passion for alternative education, Mrs. Callahan moved to East Haddam, Connecticut, to teach at Franklin Academy, a school for students with Asperger’s syndrome and nonverbal learning disabilities. From there, she spent six years teaching and advising at Eagle Hill School, and in 2012 was awarded the Norma B. Shield Teacher of the Year Award. During her time working at Eagle Hill School, Mrs. Callahan served as the co-editor of www.LearningDiversity.org, a website devoted to reimagining education as the intersection of personal and community passions.
Currently, Mrs. Callahan works as academic dean at Middlebridge School in Narragansett, Rhode Island, a school devoted to providing instruction, opportunities, and support for students with learning differences. She received her master’s degree in creative and critical thinking at the University of Massachusetts, where she was awarded the prestigious Critical and Creative Thinking Award for Personal and Professional Development. She remains passionate about working with students and teachers to develop creative and exploratory methods of promoting experiential education.