Hometown: Midway, Georgia
Class of 2010
Major: B.S. in Early Childhood Education, M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education
Why I Chose Armstrong: “Armstrong’s Education department has a good reputation, and the university offered classes that would work for my schedule. I was able to use both the Liberty County campus and the Savannah campus.”
Why I Love Armstrong: “I love the faculty in the Education department. It’s a very supportive group. They are willing to help with anything. They’re really phenomenal.”
For Sarah Trawick, attending college at Armstrong Atlantic State University while working and raising four children was no small task.
In 2004, while serving as a Pre-Kindergarten paraprofessional in Hinesville, Georgia, she decided that she wanted to set her sights higher and become a lead classroom teacher. She originally enrolled at Armstrong part-time, attending night classes and working full-time by day as a paraprofessional.
“At first, I was concerned that I might not fit in as an older student at Armstrong, but that wasn’t the case at all,” she said. “My classmates and my professors were so supportive, right from the beginning. That really made me rise to the occasion and do my best.”
She immersed herself in her education, earning a B.S. in Early Childhood Education in 2008, followed by a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education in 2010. A hard-working student, she earned the Armstrong Atlantic State University Dean’s Service Award for her exceptional work.
This talented educator currently works as a kindergarten teacher at Joseph Martin Elementary in Hinesville, Georgia, where she oversees a classroom full of active learners. “I love the kids,” she enthused. “I love the excitement when they learn something new. I love when they discover the ability to do something they didn’t think they could do. There’s nothing better than that. Those moments are incredible!”
Now in her 40′s, Sarah incorporates lessons she learned in the classroom at Armstrong to offer her students hands-on, concrete, sensory experiences. She strategically integrates teaching methods that serve auditory, visual and tactile learners in her classroom, creating a supportive and nurturing learning environment.
Sarah considers the support of the Education faculty to be a key ingredient in her current success in the classroom. She gladly gives back to the university by serving on the Armstrong Teacher Education Advisory Council.
“Armstrong really gave me the tools to succeed,” she said. “I got a strong foundation and have a clear understanding of what works best and what’s best for the kids in my classroom. I had a great experience at Armstrong, and it’s really paying off now.”