Sarah Watrud

Sarah Watrud

Instructional Specialist, Preschool Teacher
UW Child Development Lab, 1300 Linden Drive
608-263-4093 ext 205

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine…

Teaching is my passion, although I took a unique route to get here. After completing my undergraduate work in the sciences, I embarked on a career in the field of environmental testing as a Chemist. When the lab I was working for closed, I found my way into selling books for a living, specifically children’s books. I found great joy in watching children find just the right book and helping them with this process. I wanted to take it further into helping them learn to read. This lead me to going back to school to become a teacher.

I am passionate about seeing the joy on the children’s faces each day as we explore and learn both indoors and outdoors. Each child lights up with a new discovery and they ask the questions of scientists, readers, mathematicians, artists, and great thinkers. They also teach me each day and we all become learners, together.

Child Development Lab

See Sarah's classroom, the Otter Room, where children 3-5 years old are cared for.
Otter Room

Concordia University Wisconsin
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program
– Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (regular education)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Science
– Major: Chemistry
– Certificate of Environmental Studies

  • My teaching is focused on learning using a Nature-Based Inquiry method. Through this method, we focus our teaching on learning using scientific observation, questioning, exploration, and analysis in an outdoor setting.
    • I have skills working with college students as teacher assistants and through course work.
  • I have a husband named Jeremy and a cat named Puck
  • Reading
  • Watching UW Volleyball
  • Traveling