For Coaches and Teachers, For Parents

Meet our Team: Sarah Kirchner Sheldon

Sarah at the 2015 State Tournament
Sarah at the 2015 State Tournament
  1. What gets you the most excited about starting a new US Academic Triathlon season?

While I’m sad to see Peggy go, I am excited to help the organization grow and expand following such a strong leadership over the past 30 years. USAT’s staff has exciting ideas for the coming years, and we can’t wait to share them with you!

  1. What creative things do you do in your spare time?

I like to keep busy and stay creative. I write, practice calligraphy, color, scrapbook, crochet, and serve as a photographer’s assistant for my husband’s company.

  1. What is your favorite USAT event and why?

I love writing and watching Mind Sprints. Personally I enjoy puzzles and challenges, and it’s fun to watch teams work through the problem to get to an answer – plus there’s never a wrong answer or a wrong way to get the answer. It’s exciting to watch teams work through a problem in a way that wasn’t anticipated when the Mind Sprint was written. You get to watch students’ minds working through a problem, work together in teams, and see creativity in action!

  1. What is your role in the program?

I am the Executive Director. In this role, I am responsible for scheduling, team/coach organization and communication, marketing/communication/fundraising, and am the primary contact for coaches, parents, and teams. Together with my partners (Creative Director Alison Weaverdyck and Production Manager Daniel Sheldon), we work on strategic planning and overall organizational direction.

  1. Who was your hero when you were in middle school?

My mom – she always told me I could do and be whatever I wanted to do or be. I will never forget that and think every child needs to hear that.

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