Fall 2011

Sarah Harrell

When Sarah Harrell first walked into the Telling Room for a volunteer orientation, she felt that she had entered a supportive and creative community. "This sense infuses all of the Telling Room programs that I have participated in," she says, "within its walls and beyond. Education has always been a priority for me. I studied Classics in college and graduate school, earning a PhD and eventually working as a professor. After leaving academia, I returned to Maine, where I had lived as a teenager, and found other ways to pursue teaching and learning, as a volunteer with adult English Language Learners and at a therapeutic riding center. At the Telling Room, I have been privileged to interact with a diverse group of students as they develop skills of writing and storytelling, in all its forms. In these settings I have found myself again in the gratifying role of being a student with much to learn."