Sarahi Dessauer

Theater Teacher

sdessauer@lafeprep.org

Sarahi Dessauer


Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Minor in All-Levels of Education
Magna Cum Laude
Advance Placement Spanish Language and Culture, UTEP
Advance Placement in Literature and Culture, UTEP
Honors:
Senior Honors, College of Liberal Arts, UTEP
University Honors Program, UTEP
Army Community Service ACS, Fort Bliss Relocation Program “Outstanding Service and Commitment”
United States Army Sergeant Major Academy USASMA, Fort Bliss “Teacher’s Teacher”
In 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity to instruct at La Fe preparatory School the Spanish class where, I emphasized in language grammar, culture, literature, and history of Spanish speaking countries to grades 6th to 8th. In addition, I started teaching Theater for La Fe Enrichment Program which, in 2018 became a full-time Theater class for students from PK to 6th grade. This transition was challenging but, exiting at the same time. Now, I am able to intertwine my passion for teaching literature with a long lost love for Theater in which, I participated in my youth while studying middle school and high school in my beautiful country of Mexico.
I strongly believe that the study of drama at the elementary and middle school level helps students improve in a wide range of areas, such as self-confidence, self-esteem, self-expression, communication, collaboration, interpersonal skills, aesthetic awareness, imagination and, last but not least, language acquisition. Moreover, drama education in elementary and middle school has been scientifically proven to improve academic achievement in all other subject areas as, mathematics and science.
My students have allowed me to direct them in around 50 productions including, comedy, historical theater, musical theater, dance, pantomime, Guignol Theater/Puppet Show, Ventriloquism, and poetry.
I watch my students grow. As they practice their lines, they improve their reading and public speaking skills. When they get into character, they stretch their empathy and gain a deeper connection to the emotional landscape of a work of worldwide literature. They are transported to other lands and eras. In my class, students have the opportunity to write their own plays, act as directors, and together with their parents, embellish costumes and props, and design hair and makeup.
I am very proud to help spread knowledge of the theatrical arts to the youth in this community.

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