Mentor Biography

Sarah Ellis


2023 to present

I taught 32 years with the Matanuska-Susitna School District in Big Lake and Wasilla. I began my teaching career mid-year at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Anchorage.

Sarah is a lifelong Alaskan that was born and raised in Anchorage. She spent her 32 year teaching career in the Matanuska-Susitna School District teaching mainly 4th grade. During this time, Sarah’s love for Alaska grew through teaching her students about its geography, history, cultures, and more. Sarah understands that best practices apply to all grade levels and content areas. During her teaching career, Sarah took a variety of professional courses: Kagan cooperative learning strategies, trauma informed, data driven instruction, and differentiated instruction to name a few. Sarah’s hard work, professional knowledge, and dedication is what made her a great host for 7 student teachers, and will continue to make her a great mentor for early career teachers. She has been a mentor teacher in the Mat-Su for the past two years and has participated in the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project training during that time. She is excited to begin a new path in education mentoring early career teachers. She looks forward to working together collaboratively to provide quality education to every student.

Sarah knows the importance of balancing work and personal time. When not working, you can find Sarah hiking one of the many beautiful trails Alaska has to offer, or you’ll see her spending quality time with those that she cares most about.

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

— Leonardo da Vinci