Meet Sarah Blackburn, also known as “SB!” She’s our Director of Teachers and Training and teaches a few of our French classes in partnerships. She lived in France for 4 years and currently sings like a bird at gigs around NYC. She’s also an amazing vocal teacher. Without SB, none of your children would have teachers who know what they need to teach, where they need to be and what time they need to be there. If you see her around, give her a huge hug and say, “merci!”
- Name: Sarah Blackburn
- City, country you are from: Louisville, Kentucky
- Name of college and what you studied: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, La Sorbonne, Hunter College.
- How/Why is your work at BB meaningful to you: I get paid to quack like a duck. Genial, non?!? In all seriousness, it is a beautiful combination of two of my passions in life, music and language. I get to share what I love with hundreds of children each week. All the people I meet through this work (the nannies, librarians, school directors and my colleagues) all touch my life profoundly. I am grateful for a job that challenges me to be a better educator, performer, and humanitarian and they let me rap to children’s songs in French!
- Favorite adult band/singer in the language you teach: Trio, Noir Desir, Rafael
- Your special way of getting the children’s attention or unique teaching technique:
Sound effects, silence, and simple rhythms that you just can’t help but play on the guitar with all your heart.
- One reason why you think learning a foreign language is important at a young age: It fosters open-mindedness and curiosity about the world.
- Favorite part of a BB class: I love the childrens’ suggestions for what Christophe le Canard (Christopher the Duck) should eat. The best so far are burritos, strawberry ice cream, and chicken.