Sarah  Milianta-Laffin

Sarah Milianta-Laffin

STEM Lab Teacher

Hawaii Department of Education


My road in life took a while to figure out.
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High School
Warren Central High School
Political Science and Government, General
Indiana University


STEM Lab Teacher

I ignite a passion for STEM learning within my students, empowering them to go out and change the world.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I can't say that we have a "typical" day in teaching. Part of the profession is that you always have to be on your toes; things can change quickly. This change could be a special assembly, a fire drill, a parent phone call, or simply a lesson that is crashing and burning around you that you have to rework right away. I teach 3 90-minute blocks of STEM Lab per day, and have a homeroom and advisory class. My school day ends at 2:45, but typically I stay working until the building closes at 5.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I use a lot of the reading, writing, and public-speaking skills I honed in college getting my Political Science degree. I write many grants for materials and opportunities. I constantly seek training opportunities and certifications. In 2013, I was awarded a "Fund for Teachers" fellowship that allowed me to attend a class in Greece that changed my worldview. I've taken classes to be Project Lead the Way,, and Google certified. I'm also focusing on social-emotional learning.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

I think you really need to know your core values. What do you believe? If you believe that all students can learn - join us. If you think that kids should work in rows of desks quietly, and that you'll get to leave work at 3pm everyday, maybe this gig isn't for you. I came into teaching through "Teach for America" and they have great resources to get you thinking about alternative certification. Follow educators on Twitter, and groups like @edutopia and @edweek to learn about what's new.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Political Science and Government, General


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"I heard a lot of subtle messages growing up that led me to believe that girls, myself included, weren't good at math and science. When I started teaching math, I was terrified that I couldn't do it. Turns out, I knew way more than I thought I did."

Challenges I Overcame