Sara Kaplan '02 is a proud graduate of Eagle Hill School. In 2006, she earned her B.A. 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 19th-Century British Gothic literature, and a passion for alternative education, Sara 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 in Hardwick, Massachusetts, and in 2012 was awarded the Norma B. Shield "Teacher of the Year" award. During her time working at Eagle Hill School, Sara served as the co-editor of www.LearningDiversity.org, a website devoted to reimagining education as the intersection of personal and community passions; an endeavor that need not be about failure for an educational underclass. Currently, Sara works as an Academic Dean at Middlebridge School in Narragansett, Rhode Island, a school devoted to providing instruction, opportunities, and support for students with learning differences. She also serves as the President of the Eagle Hill Alumni/ae Association. Sara 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.