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Sarah Heegan

Lower School

Sarah Heegan is a prep-one grade homeroom teacher. She previously taught third grade, focusing on reading, math, writing, and social studies. She is also a member of the Lower School admissions committee and runs an outdoor program for Lower and Middle School students during the summer.

Prior to coming to Gilman, Mrs. Heegan spent two years teaching fourth and fifth grade math and science at the Stanwich School in Greenwich, CT. She graduated from Drew University with a B.A. in anthropology and minors in environmental studies and French. She received a Masters in Arts of Teaching from Manhattanville College in New York. She joined the Gilman faculty in 2003.

Mrs. Heegan enjoys reading, baking, camping, and spending time with her family and their yellow Labrador. She can often be found outdoors hiking a trail, paddling a canoe, or taking a nature stroll with her children. During the summer she runs a camp where she introduces her students to the natural world through various outdoor activities including rock climbing, hiking, and canoeing.
Favorite place to travel:
One of my favorite places to travel is along the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail. I've followed in the footsteps of the famous explorers on foot, in a canoe, and on horseback and I enjoy sharing my experiences with students. My favorite portion of the trail is the White Cliffs region of the Missouri River in Montana.
Something most people don't know about you:
I played many sports as a child and into my college years. One of my more unusual activities was race walking. I held the Maryland State record in the 800 meter race walk when I was 11 years old. I was also the captain of my college swim team and completed several sprint triathlons in my adult life.
What do you love about Gilman?
My favorite part of working at Gilman is being part of such an amazing community of learners, educators, friends, and families.