Sarah returned to Canada from Scotland, where she was Head of the International School of Aberdeen (ISA). Greenwood and ISA have much in common: co-educational and similar in size, both offer rigorous academic programs focused on personalized learning and the development of the whole child. Prior to ISA, Sarah was with Havergal College for 14 years, proceeding from teacher and coach to Head of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, through Senior School Dean of Students to Head of Upper School. Sarah’s international experience also includes teaching in Japan and living in Belgium and Colombia.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Master of Education from the University of Toronto. Her specialist and leadership qualifications include principal, independent school leadership, health and physical education, guidance and career studies and special education. An accomplished athlete, Sarah has won numerous awards at the university and national levels and was a Canadian Olympic swimming team trialist for three Olympics. Sarah is certified in Outdoor Education / Mountaineering and as a Climbing Instructor. An experienced camper, Sarah attended Camp Tanamakoon and has been a volunteer counsellor at Camp Oochigeas.
Sarah is married to Matthew Barry, a math, science and design technology teacher. They have two sons – Nathan, 11, and Cameron, who will soon be 10.
A visionary leader who is passionate about teaching and student learning, Sarah has enormous enthusiasm for Greenwood’s mission and vision of a co-ed school providing personalized education and character-building experiences that develop the whole person. With her leadership achievements at highly regarded schools in Toronto and abroad, Sarah is an outstanding fit for Greenwood.