Sara Shifrin ’88

B.A. St. Michael’s College
M.A. Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College
Humanities Teacher and Teaching Librarian
Apple Distinguished Educator
Maine State Librarian Hall of Excellence

Bio
Ms. Shifrin is an innovator and epitomizes what it means to be a lifelong learner. As a 1988 Gould graduate, she learned first hand the benefits of living in a community that focuses on opportunity and growth. Ms. Shifrin’s influence is largely expressed in the academic program at Gould. Early on in her career, she led the English Studies Program and then became fully invested in teaching English. In her tenure as department chair, she opened the first high school Writing Center in the state of Maine and developed Gould’s signature 9th-grade global literature course which supports the ninth grade Four Point travel program.  Her commitment to learning was again evident when she took over the Gould library and began cultivating the mindsets and skills of a 21st-century learner. Once again, her creativity and dedication to student curiosity and agency led her to steward the integration of the IDEAS Center into the academic life of the Gould student. Now you can find her teaching in the Humanities department, developing information literacy skills and mindsets in the Sanborn Family Library and directing Gould’s seminar program. Ms. Shifrin lives on campus with her husband, Mr. Brett Shifrin (math teacher, coach, and director of the Ninth Grade Program), their daughter, Mia ’19, and son Eli ’23. She is a Mahoosic Land Trust board member, connected to Sunday River’s Community Fund and loves to rip around trails on a bike or on foot and to build flower and vegetable gardens.