Sara Urben


1st Grade Monolingual Teacher

Sara Urben studied History & Spanish at the University of Notre Dame, and has Masters' degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Reading from Loyola University Chicago. She began teaching at Namaste in December of 2010 after teaching for three years at a Catholic school in Cicero. She has taught fourth grade, third grade, and second grade in both monolingual and dual language classrooms. She also was a reading and math intervention teacher for a few years. She now teaches first grade, which has been her favorite grade to teach so far. She gets to teach students to read, and think that there isn't anything in the world more important than that. Sara achieved National Board Certification in 2013, and loves teaching because there is always more that she can be trying and learning herself!

Where would you most like to travel to and why?

Though I've been to many countries and am fluent in Spanish, I have never been to Mexico!

Do you have any secret skills or hidden talents that most people don't know about?

I don't know about secret, but I am a pretty good baker and chef if I do say so myself.

What has been your greatest adventure?

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to build houses in Thailand, India, and Poland with Habitat for Humanity. I'll be doing my fourth build in Lesotho this Spring Break! Through these experiences I have had many adventures, but digging an 8x8x8 hole with only a metal bowl to make space for a septic tank in India was particularly memorable.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

All of my high school choir teachers had a profound impact on me. Because of them, I experienced many of my fondest school memories. They taught me music, but also about community.

My favorite thing about working at Namaste Charter School is...

My wonderful co-workers who are also friends. I am lucky to work with such fun and dedicated colleagues who teach me things and make me laugh every day!