Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Sarah Gayman
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. (I love the sunshine!) I attended the University of Arizona where I received a degree in Elementary Education. Following graduation, I taught in Arizona for six years. I then I relocated to Chicago and have been so lucky to find a home here at AJLA. This is my fourth year working as a second grade teacher at AJLA, and I love it! Ms. Herlitz and I are excited to work with our second grade community and to learn and grow together.
Last year I finished my Master’s degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture at UIC! During school breaks, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, and I also enjoy traveling. I love to see and learn about new places. This summer I was fortunate enough to spend a month traveling in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia.
I am passionate about both teaching and learning. With this passion in mind, I have embarked on a goal to travel over every school break to learn at least a little bit about all of the amazing places there are to see. I hope to share these experiences and enthusiasms with all of the students. I also hope to learn from the experiences, languages, and cultures represented here at AJLA and specifically in our classroom. As a part of this goal of learning, I am always open to your input and feedback - it is important to me to learn from you and the students!
What Ms. Gayman Has Been Reading
by Sara K. Ahmed Year Published: 2018
Sara Ahmed is an inspiring educator who taught in CPS for a few years. I have had the privilege of hearing her present at a couple of conferences.
by Edward P. Jones Year Published: 2004
I traveled with this book this summer but was so busy exploring that I have not yet finished it!
by Tayari Jones Year Published: 2018 Literature
I was fortunate enough to have taken I writing class with Tayari when I was younger. I LOVE all of her books, but this one is my favorite!
by Kylene Beers, Robert E Probst Year Published: 2017 Professional Literature
This book does a great job discussing the processes of reading and how to help students become lovers of books and lifelong readers. I cannot wait to discuss books with the class and families.
by James Levin, John Shanen-Kaye, Andrea Commaker Year Published: 1999 Professional Literature
This book is a great reminder for me in the ways I can only control my reactions to classroom situations. I am looking forward to a positive year of growth for all of us.