Sarah Urquhart

Sarah Urquhart

Sarah Urquhart

Service Learning Coach, MYP Science & DP Environmental Systems & Societies

Nationality: Canadian

What year did you come to YIS, and where were you working prior to YIS?

I started at YIS in 2016 after 6 years in Hong Kong.

What attracted you to come work at YIS?

I wanted to teach within an international context in a school that valued service learning.

What do you love most about the subject you teach?

In service learning, I love that students can feel empowered by seeing how their actions can make a positive impact. This can help connect students to our community. For science and especially ESS, I love how applicable and relevant learning can be, and I enjoy posing questions and trying things out through experiments.

What sports/non-academic activities are you involved with at school?

I am involved in the Student Service Committee and am a PA Nepal service Advisor.

How would you describe the IB Program, and its value, to parents?

The IB Program encourages students to engage meaningfully in local and global issues and develop perspective-taking skills which are important in our globally diverse world.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school, and what do you enjoy most about life in Japan? ​​​​​

I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, yoga, volunteering and reading. In Japan, I love the seasons and savoring the unique festivals, foods and celebrations that accompany each changing season.

If you weren’t a teacher, what would your profession be?

I'd probably be working in the non-profit sector, perhaps with an environmental organization.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and what would you discuss?

Author and Scientist, Rachel Carson. I imagine it would be great to have her insights on contemporary environmental issues.

Which YIS event(s) from the school year do you enjoy most, and why?

Service Week in February each year.

What advice would you give to teachers looking to work in Japan?

Culturally, Japan is an exciting place to explore.

What excites you most about the new YIS campus? 

I look forward to thinking about how we can use the creative hub spaces to promote and host service learning experiences. I'm also excited about the farm/garden spaces.