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Sarah Yost

  • Louisville, KY, US
  • Westport Middle School
  • English / Language Arts, Other (fill-in-blank) | 6th, 7th, 8th
  • Teaching for 11 years


Whether you think that you can, or you think that you cannot, you are right. ~Henry Ford GoodReads

I work in a hybrid teacher leadership role at Westport Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky. My main in-house focus points are currently on improving communication between teachers and administrators, improving communication between the University of Louisville and our school, supporting the turn around model through building effective literacy RtI systems, coordinating our Advisory program, mentoring teachers and teaching media literacy. I'm interested in best practice instruction, school systems, leadership and policy to effectively improve public schools for all students, and school-dependent students in particular. My husband, Brian, and I are proud parents of a seven month old boy who keeps us busy, laughing and continuously in awe of the pace and wonder of human development.

Professional experience

My current job title: 

University of Louisville Teacher in Residence

I began this job in: 



Westport Middle School


Jefferson County Public Schools

City / town: 


State, province, or region: 



United States

My school would best be described as: 


Percentage of students at my school who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program: 

76 to 100%

Years (including this school year) I have been a classroom teacher: 


Years (including this school year) I have worked in education: 


Name of my union or association: 

National Education Association (or one of its local/state affiliates)

Professional organizations: 

National Board Certified Teacher, Hope Street Group, Louisville Writing Project, American Association of School Librarians, National Council for Teachers of English, Teach Kentucky

Education and preparation

University or other program that initially prepared me to teach: 

University of Louisville

I was initially prepared to teach in this type of program: 

Alternative certification program

I took part in a subsequent preparation program of this type: 

Graduate program

Subsequent university or other program that prepared me to teach: 

University of Kentucky

College/university degrees: 

MLIS, MAT, BA in English and Religion

State certifications, endorsements, or licenses: 

NBCT in Early Adolescent English Language Arts; Certified School Librarian; 5-9 Reading and Writing Certified Teacher


What is your National Board Certification area?: 

English Language Arts - Early Adolescence

What year did you achieve certification?: 


Leadership roles I play or have played: 

Conference speaker or panelist
Interviewee or panelist for the media
Mentor of new teachers
National Writing Project participant
Curriculum developer beyond my classroom
Department chair or team leader
Provider of school-based PD
School-community partnership coordinator
Instructional coach
Teacher in residence or teacher on loan

Other leadership roles: 


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