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Social studies teacher Sarah Braun, Class of 2010

Sarah Braun, 2023 (Photo Credit: 2023 Flight Yearbook)
Sarah Braun, 2010 (Photo Credit: 2010 Flight Yearbook)

Walking through the hallways with a tan backpack slung over her shoulder, mistaking social studies teacher Sarah Braun as a student isn’t uncommon. In fact, she was a student at Central in the graduating class of 2010.

After graduating just over a decade ago, Braun pursued higher education at Valparaiso and came back to Central as a student teacher, working as a substitute and campus supervisor. 

“I [knew] people in my [current] department who knew me and knew my interest in social studies and, who I knew from experience, were amazing teachers,” Braun said. “So I automatically gravitated towards them and had them assist me as [I] became more proficient in teaching social studies.”

Braun mentioned notable teachers like Todd Holmberg and James Galanis who influenced her decision to teach at Central. 

“As I was interviewing around, I realized, ‘why wouldn’t I work in a place where I like the administration, where I like the community [and] where I love my department?’” Braun said.

Before coming back to Central, Braun participated in the Teach for America program located in rural South Carolina which helped her better appreciate Central’s resources. 

“I always thought of Central as the norm, but we just aren’t, especially resource-wise,” Braun said. “We are really lucky to have the community that we do here.”

As a teacher, Braun strives to incorporate her personal experience as a student into her teaching style. 

“I always really liked the teachers who clearly made sure that they talked to everyone in the class,” Braun said. “I try to make sure every student in my classroom feels like I know who they are.”

Elaine Zhou contributed to this story

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Elaine Zhou
Elaine Zhou, Features Editor
Elaine Zhou is a junior, and this is her second year with Central Times. Elaine is a lover of all types of writing- especially ones telling the stories of people around her. Along with being a student journalist, she is the vice president of Chinese Club, a staff of Literary Magazine, a member of Yearbook and a violinist. She is currently addicted to retail therapy, stationary and is gaslighting herself to like biology for the rest of her life. 
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Kate Johnson, Staff Writer
Kate Johnson is a junior at Naperville Central. This is her first year on Central Times staff and she plans on majoring in Journalism and Communications. She enjoys writing opinion pieces. Outside of school she reads and plays video games. She is in the Theatre club and plans on playing Badminton for Central.
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