New English teacher Sara Silverman is a woman of many experiences


Tatiana Serrano-Zeledon

Silverman uses the repetitiveness of teaching to improve her lessons.

From dancing to traveling with the nu metal band Korn and selling clothing to rock stars, English teacher Sara Silverman has not had what most people would consider an “average” life.

This year, Silverman is a new staff member at SCHS. She teaches three classes of freshmen English, one class of AP Language and one SDAIE, which stands for specially designed academic instruction in English. Silverman enjoys teaching English to a new set of students, who she enjoys getting to know over the course of a year.

Silverman did not always want to be a teacher. She enrolled in college with completely different plans. Initially, Silverman was planning on becoming a lawyer, and even went as far as taking LSAT courses, the SAT for lawyers. 

“I had previously got a degree in philosophy and thought, ‘Oh, this is everything in philosophy I hate,’” Silverman said.

During her college years at University of California, Irvine, Silverman worked at an antique store with her mother in her hometown, Laguna Beach.

 “We had very high-end clothing we were selling, and we were selling it to very wealthy people,” Silverman said. “We were doing stage clothes for rockstars and stuff like that.”

When the lead guitarist for the band Korn moved into their neighborhood, Silverman and her mother became close to the band, bringing in more business.

“Through that relationship, a lot of people ended up coming to the store,” Silverman said.

Along with the fun times working at the store, Silverman found many other ways to have fun, such as skiing, ice dancing and ballroom dancing, all of which she has participated in from a young age.  

Lately, Silverman has not had much time to enjoy her hobbies due to taking care of her six-year-old son. 

“Being a mom has taken away any time I’ve had for my former hobbies,” Silverman said.

In order to participate in her hobbies again, however, and start a family tradition, Silverman has been taking her son skiing. With the little time she has for hobbies, Silverman found a passion in her workplace teaching.

This year will be Silverman’s ninth year teaching English, and does not find education to be repetitive. In fact, it seems to be the opposite for Silverman, and she continues to look at previous years to change and improve her lessons. 

“I think if you do that in your career and you strive to always make it better, then it doesn’t get repetitive,” Silverman said.