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Name: Sarah Ramsden
Residence: Fort Mill, S.C.

Every day, Winthrop University school psychology major Sarah Ramsden tries to work and plan ahead for the curve balls that life may inevitably throw her way. As a mother of two and a full-time graduate student, that’s a lot of “intense” curve balls.

Ramsden, a Fort Mill resident, graduated with a degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology in 2002 from Wake Forest University. She taught fourth grade for several years before becoming a stay-at-home mom to Hudson and Katelyn. She even began an in-home baking business and did well with that.

“However, I knew that was not what I wanted to do long term,” she said.

After Katelyn started kindergarten, Ramsden said she was eager “ to get back to work and use her mind in a different capacity.”

“I realized that I could not leave the field of education, but I was looking for something other than a regular classroom position,” she said. “Fortunately, my love of teaching and psychology combined, and I have discovered my path and passion. Winthrop has a wonderful school psychology program, so luckily all of the pieces fell in place.”

Ramsden volunteers at her children’s school, but she said being a full-time student and mom doesn’t leave much time for other activities. However, in summer 2015 she traveled to China with Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy Marleah Bouchard for a two-week program. While in Shijuazhuang, China, Ramsden taught English to a fourth-grade class.

"The trip meant so much to me," she said about the experience. "As a married mother of two children, the opportunity to go abroad and experience something brand-new on my own was monumental. Being thrust into new cultures and places can be disconcerting for some, but being able to experience this on my own helped me get back in touch with my core and really appreciate each day we had there."

Balancing schoolwork and motherhood wouldn’t be possible without her family’s support, she said.

“Time management and organization are integral,” she said. “Also, I have an amazing husband who is really supportive and has definitely picked up the slack while I am pursuing my degree.”

Now that Ramsden has earned her master's, she expects to finish her specialist in school psychology degree in the near future. She returned to the the school in Shijuazhuang last summer--with her husband and children in tow!

Currently, Ramsden works at The Grit Project in Fort Mill, an education management company.

Last updated 7/6/17 by NC

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