Learning Content Producer, Educator
Area: Learning, Biodiversity
Interests: education, hands-on learning, experiential education, nature, conservation, online learning,
Exhibitions & Galleries: Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity, CIBC Discovery Gallery
Phone: 416-586-5743Follow @MuseumGirlSarah
Hon. B.Sc., Zoology and Animal Behaviour, University of Toronto, 2001
B.Ed., J/I Science Specialist, Diversity and Social Justice Program, York University, 2008
Sarah has been passionate about nature and history all her life, but when she began volunteering in the Hands-on Biodiversity gallery in 2001, she knew she had found her calling. Two degrees and a year teaching overseas later, Sarah is overjoyed to be a member of the ROM's Learning department.
Sarah has played many roles within the department: a ROM Kids Instructor; a School Visits Teacher; and a Facilitator and Volunteer Trainer in the Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity, the CIBC Discovery Room, and Life in Crisis: the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity. Through these positions, Sarah has played key roles in the development of ROM educational initiatives, including the Schad Gallery Winter Wonderland and Nature Nut Quiz, the Ultimate Dinosaurs Teacher Resource Package, the Virtual Visit and Creative Play programs, tactile tours, and the Experiential Education professional development workshop for teachers and teacher candidates.
Sarah is committed to the exploration and development of new ways to bring the ROM's educational expertise to the public, and is extremely interested in the possibilities surrounding the use of social media in education. In her new role as Learning Content Producer, she will be generating content and resources for the ROM's new Learning Portal, to launch in the summer of 2014.
When she is not at the ROM, Sarah is a writer, chorister, and occasional ATS dancer. She occasionally tweets to @ROMHandsOn in addition to her personal @MuseumGirlSarah twitter, and maintains a personal blog about things that pertain to museums, education, and things she just finds interesting at museumgirlsarah.tumblr.com.
- "Tides of Change" in Tales from the Wonder Zone: Odyssey, an educational anthology of Science Fiction stories based on the Grade 7/8 Ontario Science Curricula.
"Blood Ties" in Fantastic Companions, an educational anthology of Fantasy stories based on the theme of anthropomorphism. Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Silver Book of the Year Award in the Science Fiction category 2005. Finalist for the 2006 Prix Aurora Best Work in English Award.
|2013||Sarah Jane Elliott. "Fossil Hunting at the Humber." ROM Magazine, 46, 1, 16-17.|