Sarah McKinney Education Instructor

Sarah McKinney, MEd

Instructor, Education
Placement Coordinator
Unit: College of Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education
Location: Tigerville

“For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. ” — Jeremiah 29:11
  • Teaching & Education
    • EDUC 1213: Integrating Technology
    • ECED 3210: Utilizing Technology in Early Childhood
    • ELED 4313: Curriculum Development Utilizing Technology
    • Master of Education, Literacy, 2015, Furman University, Greenville, SC
    • Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education, 2008, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • Professional Experience
    • Aug. 2022- present NGU
    • 2017-2022 K-12 Instructional Technologist, Anderson District One
    • 2011-2017 Kindergarten Teacher, Hunt Meadows Elementary
    • 2010-2011 Pre-K Teacher, Tryon Hills Pre-K Center
  • Selected Publications

    McKinney, S. (2019). Lending a Helping Hand (Contributor). In L. Laminack and K. Kelly. (Eds.) Reading to Make a Difference: Using Literature to Help Students Speak Freely, Think Deeply, and Take Action. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

    McKinney, S. (2016). Collaborative Digital Storytelling (Contributor). In K. Stover and L. S. Yearta. (Eds.) From Pencils to Podcasts: Digital Tools for Transforming K–6 Literacy Practices. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

    McKinney, S. (2016). Digital Writing (Contributor). In K. Stover and L. S. Yearta. (Eds.) From Pencils to Podcasts: Digital Tools for Transforming K–6 Literacy Practices. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

    McKinney, S. (2015). Do Kindergarten Students Play Anymore? Perspectives and Provocations in Early Childhood Education, 2(2), 28-30.

  • Selected Awards Received
    • Hunt Meadows Teacher of the Year (2016-2017) Anderson School District One
    • Transform Technology Award Recipient (June 2016)
  • My Network
    • Google Certified Educators and Trainers
    • Shake Up Learning Trainers
    • Seesaw Certified Educators
    • Novel Effect Ambassadors
    • Flip Student Voice Ambassadors
  • My Story

    I knew I wanted to be a teacher from a very young age. I loved teaching K4 and K5 because students were always excited to learn and I enjoyed building relationships with both students and their families.

    On the journey to getting my Master’s, the Lord stirred in me the desire to work with teachers. I thought I was called to be a literacy coach; however, the Lord led me to serve five schools in my district as a technology coach instead. This was a challenging position but I learned and grew a lot. During this time, I enjoyed getting to serve teachers across all grade levels (K-12) and content areas.

    As my family was growing with a new baby on the way, the Lord opened up the opportunity to come to North Greenville as an Educational Technology Specialist and Instructor. The Lord had been preparing the way all along! His plans are always perfect.

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