Sarah Carey Honored As Teacher Of The Year

Sarah Carey Honored As Teacher Of The Year 

Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey, an art teacher in the Waterloo Central School District since 1994, has been named the Waterloo Education Association’s 2023 Teacher of the Year.

“Sarah Carey is a true student advocate who finds the best in every human being,” Superintendent of Schools Terri Bavis said. “She is kind and caring with the kids and she always works from their strengths. I am so happy that she was selected Teacher of the Year this year.”

Carey was nominated by her peers and honored during an opening day assembly for staff on Sept. 5.

“I was very humbled,” a surprised Carey said. “My legs were shaking.”

Carey’s career at Waterloo began as a part-time art teacher at Waterloo High School in 1994. She was hired full-time at Waterloo Middle School in 1997 and returned to Waterloo High School in 2005.

Over the years she has served as the director of the Waterloo Teacher Resource Center. Through this center, beginning with $378 and a closet room LaFayette Intermediate School, she built the WTRC to a $48,000 center running the Mentor program, the Arts-in Education program, the National Certification for teachers, and conducting numerous workshops for K-12. While at the Middle School she was yearbook advisor and chaperoned with ski club, later to become the advisor. She has served as a mentor and has been chair of the Art Department since 2021.

“She is calm, she is focused, and she is caring,” Heather Gill, a science teacher at Waterloo High School and member of the Teacher of the Year Committee, said of Carey.

Several current and former students spoke of the impact Carey has had on their lives during a video that was played at the assembly.

“I think that she was one of my top influences with the way that she impacted me throughout my high school career and the amount of inspiration and encouragement that she gave me towards everything that I did,” said Joycelyn Dressing, a 2021 Waterloo graduate who is now an Art Education major at Nazareth University. “If I could even give an ounce of that to a student of mine, my goals would be fulfilled.”

Carey hopes to continue inspiring her love for the arts for years to come.

“I love my work and I love my job,” she said. “I am passionate about it and that is why I keep teaching. It’s not a job to me, it’s life.”