Goldsmith’s love of learning leads to teaching career

The Monticello Middle School science and health teacher is Sarah Goldsmith. This is her eighth year teaching for the MCSD. Goldsmith likes working for a smaller school district where she can get to know her students and their families. (Photo by Kim Brooks)
Panther Professionals
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     Panther Professionals is a weekly series highlighting educators, administrators, staff and aides who are dedicated to the future of the Monticello Community School District.

     A love of school led to a career in teaching for Monticello Middle School science and health teacher Sarah Goldsmith.

     Having been with the MCSD for eight years, Goldsmith now teaches seventh grade science and seventh and eighth grade health. But that is just the beginning of the many hats she wears.

     Goldsmith is also the seventh through 12th grade science curriculum leader.

     “I manage the curriculum with new materials and resources that become available,” she said. “And keep everyone up to speed on new initiatives.”

     Goldsmith also takes on the role of middle school AIW (Authentic Intellectual Work) coach.

     “It’s a professional development initiative,” she explained.

     This is her seventh year in this particular role, collaborating with other teachers on ways to improve the instruction that is done inside the classrooms.

     Goldsmith earned her BA in biology from the University of Northern Iowa, and a teaching endorsement. She is now working on completing her master’s degree in science education by the end of this year.

     Her first year in teaching was spent at Hempstead High School in Dubuque.

     After securing a teaching job in Monticello, Goldsmith said the smaller schools are just perfect.

     “The Dubuque schools are too big,” recalled Goldsmith. She said there might be 400 students in one grade.

     “Monticello has more of that comfy and homey vibe,” she said. “You’re able to get to know the students and their families here.”

     Goldsmith said she’s always liked school herself, so it was only natural she go down that career path.

     “I liked learning new things,” she said.

     Originally, Goldsmith thought she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian, but chose to steer toward education instead.

     “I’m a hands-on person,” she said. “I thought, as a vet, I could build relationships with people.”

     That same sentiment has poured over into her teaching life now. “The parents and students here are so involved in the community in many different ways,” she said. “They have pride in their community.

     “I love the relationships I’ve built here with the staff and families.”

     Goldsmith and her husband live in Dyersville with their two children: 2-year-old Britton and 3-year-old Beckett. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends and be outdoors. The Goldsmith family enjoys golfing and boating.

     “We also try to take mini vacations here and there,” she said of just getting away.


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