New English teacher ready to connect with her students

Sarah Palmer joins the Chatfield teaching staff as a high school English teacher. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
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Sarah Palmer’s divined her mind. 
“I wanted to grow up to be everything from a lawyer to an animal cop to a psychologist,” said new Chatfield High School teacher Palmer. “I chose to become a teacher because I taught Sunday school, and I loved it. I have also always loved reading and writing and really believe in the power of education. Teaching is a perfect fit for me.” 
Palmer has a year’s worth of teaching already, and she’s certainly ready to take on her second at a new school. “This is my second year of teaching. I graduated from Byron High School in 2013 and from Minnesota State University-Mankato in December 2016. I have taught last school year in Grand Meadow and also taught at Rochester Beacon Academy in the spring of 2017.”
Palmer has taught middle school and high school English and communications courses. “I decided to come to Chatfield because I love this community,” she said. “I have friends in Chatfield, and I’ve heard such great things about the school district. I think it will be a great fit for me.” 
She feels the most important thing students should learn while in school is how to have empathy and responsibility. “I hope to be a source of support for my students, both personally and academically,” Palmer said. “I’m very excited to get to know my students, their families and my fellow staff members. I’m super-excited to form relationships with my students and make memories with them. That is the best part of being a teacher.” 
Palmer lives in Rochester. “I have two fur kids, my cats Nelly and Ollie, and my human family lives in Byron. In my spare time, I like to read, play piano, practice yoga and watch documentaries.”