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Sarah Leary, an educator with 16 years of experience, is a source of inspiration at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). Originally hailing from South Africa, Sarah’s journey in education has been marked by dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods. Let’s delve into her story of “Greatness” and discover the impact she has on young minds. Hailing from South Africa, Udo Roos has been an integral part of the WISS community for over a decade, starting his educational voyage from kindergarten all the way to grade 9. Inspired by his elder brothers, who have successfully graduated from WISS, Udo aspires to follow in their footsteps and carve his own path toward excellence.

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Sarah Leary, an educator with 16 years of experience, is a source of inspiration at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). Originally hailing from South Africa, Sarah’s journey in education has been marked by dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods. Let’s delve into her story of “Greatness” and discover the impact she has on young minds.


A Multifaceted Upbringing

Sarah’s childhood was steeped in intellectual curiosity. Growing up in a household where education was highly valued, she had the privilege of being exposed to a rich tapestry of languages, cultures, and art forms. Her father, a respected doctor, and her mother, a history teacher and historian, instilled in her a love for learning. These formative experiences shaped Sarah into a passionate and creative individual, setting the stage for her future in education.


The Power of Attitude

Sarah firmly believes that attitude plays a pivotal role in determining success. Her classroom motto, “If you try, try, try, you can, can, can,” resonates with students. It’s not just a catchy phrase; it’s a philosophy that encourages resilience and determination. When faced with challenges, Sarah’s students learn to persevere, find alternative solutions, and turn setbacks into stepping stones. She removes erasers from their hands during art projects, urging them to embrace imperfections and transform mistakes into masterpieces.


Character Education Beyond Academics

Education extends beyond textbooks. Sarah recognizes that character development is equally crucial. As educators, we have a responsibility to equip children with essential life skills. In Sarah’s classroom, empathy, integrity, and social responsibility are woven into the fabric of learning. Students learn not only academic subjects but also how to navigate the complexities of the world with grace and compassion.


Mentor, Motivator, Role Model

Sarah’s impact reaches far beyond the confines of her classroom. Colleagues admire her innovative teaching methods and commitment to student success. She is not just an educator but a mentor, motivator, and role model. Sarah’s genuine passion for teaching inspires those around her, reinforcing the idea that greatness starts with the right mindset.


Sarah Leary’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of education. Her love for teaching, resilience, and belief in her students make her a true luminary. As we continue our series on greatness, let us draw inspiration from Sarah’s story. Whether educators, parents, or lifelong learners, we can all learn from her example: Attitude matters, challenges are opportunities, and every mistake can be a masterpiece.

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