Sara Schafhauser '09

Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, and my other passion is food. FACS was a happy medium that allowed me to do both.

hometown

Stillwater, Minnesota

deciding on an area of study

Sara was recruited to play basketball at St. Kate’s. “It was an easy choice once I got on campus — I immediately decided this is where I am going.”

When it came to deciding on an area of study, she was able to successfully combine her interests. “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, and my other passion is food. FACS was a happy medium that allowed me to do both.”

building experience

As a FACS major, Sara joined the Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and Kappa Omicron Nu, the national human services honor society, which helped her learn more about the field. “I went to all of the professional conferences. It was a great networking opportunity to meet other teachers and students from other colleges. At a leadership conference in Texas, I met a teacher who had written a book about teaching FACS at the middle school level.”

Sara also had the opportunity to complete a student-teaching position at Centennial High School, which she ranked very highly. “[It was] the best experience of my life. I worked with three different teachers and got to see three different teaching styles. And the kids were amazing.” Becoming a FACS teacher, “I think I could very easily go into a middle school or a high school setting.”

Outside of classes, Sara was involved with the Wildcat Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (WSAAC) and was also the president of the Education Club.

today

In addition to spending J-term in Mexico with other Global Search for Justice students, Sara will spend her last semester at St. Kate’s researching differences between public and private elementary schools in Samoa.