By Kyla Chapman, Science Teacher
Sarah de Sousa is new to PCS this year, but was born and raised in Santa Cruz, and is an alumna of the York School in Monterey. After high school, Sarah studied Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University and completed her undergrad thesis on Moral Philosophy. She also has a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus on mindfulness and social/emotional learning.
Sarah feels like she has already lived two lives, having been in the coffee roasting business and an avid dancer. After her mother passed away, Sarah took over the family business, Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting, and managed it for six years before returning to her passion of counseling young people. The coffee business took her all over the world to places like Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia (where she helped organize an international coffee cupping competition), Colombia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Through this work, Sarah campaigned for fair trade in the coffee world and she believes in “the core values of being of service and caring about equity and social justice.”
Sarah’s talent and love of dance stems back to her own school days, when she was a member of the SC Ballet Theater in high school. She also participated in competitive ballroom dancing and salsa dancing at Stanford. While training in West Coast Swing, she met her husband of 7 years, Miguel, and they have a two-year-old son named Mateo. Sarah is also a stepmother to 17-year-old Alex and 8-year-old Max.
Ultimately, Sarah wanted to pursue her work in counseling because she wants to be a mentor to adolescents. She has spent the last seven years working as a private college admissions consultant in Silicon Valley before joining us at PCS. She believes in the PCS mission, wants to be of service, feels called to be an educator, and believes in making high quality education accessible to all students.
Other fun facts about Sarah: She is a published poet (nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize) and is writing her own novel! Her novel will be a memoir about her relationship with her mother and she is already 6500 words in. She also recommends the following reads: 1.) “The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting” and “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brene Brown, 2.) “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert and 3.) “Everything that Remains: A Memoir” by the Minimalists.