Ms. Sarah Fairman began serving as the International Baccalaureate coordinator for the International Academy in July 2012. As the IB coordinator, Ms. Fairman works with teachers and students in both the Middle Years and Diploma Programs on all three campuses of the IA. Prior to joining the International Academy, she served as the IB coordinator for Norup International School in the Berkley School District.
Ms. Fairman earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Public Affairs-Metropolitan Studies from James Madison College at Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Arts in education from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters of Arts in Middle Level Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University. Ms. Fairman is currently attending Michigan State University’s administrative pathways program at the master’s level.
During her fifteen years in education, Ms. Fairman has participated in a variety of educational positions including classroom teacher, IB coordinator and assistant principal. Through her involvement with the International Baccalaureate, Ms. Fairman has served as a school evaluator, workshop leader and school consultant working with schools throughout North America. Additionally, Ms. Fairman is a founding member of IB Schools of Michigan (IBSOM) and is currently serving on the board as secretary.
Ms. Fairman believes that the International Baccalaureate curriculum provides students the opportunity to engage in activities which meet Ron Ritchhart’s theory of learning: “learning is a consequence of thinking and involves uncovering complexity and delving deeply.”