Meet Your Instructor

Sarah Snider, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Faculty PhotoI am originally from rural Wisconsin, and I graduated from Laconia High School, a school with about 400 total students. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Wisconsin at Madison and, after graduation, moved to Minneapolis. I spent many years doing a variety of jobs, including office administration, technical writing, grant writing, and massage therapy. Through volunteering, I discovered my love for teaching. I moved to Chongqing, China in 2014 and taught for four years at Chongqing University and Nanchang University. While I was abroad, I earned a Master of Education in English Language Learning from the University of North Dakota (online, of course). I returned to Minnesota and began teaching at South Central College in spring 2019.

The most important question I ask myself is, “How can I become a better instructor?” One way I do this is by listening to students to find out about themselves and what works best for them. I may not take every bit of feedback, but I will always listen and give it respectful consideration. Another way I improve my teaching is by writing Open Educational Resources that are free for everyone to use. Textbooks are expensive, and I want to make more class materials free and easy to access for everyone.

My free time is spent enjoying books, podcasts, and improv comedy. I speak some Spanish and very little Chinese. I have traveled in Mexico, Guatemala, China, Australia, Japan, and Thailand. I am curious about the world, and I try to bring that curiosity and open-mindedness to class every single day.


South Central Online Courses:

  • EAP 99, ESL Support Lab