Hi. I’m Sarah. I’ve been working at Wallace Group since March 2016. I transplanted to California from the East Coast when I was 12, landing in San Luis Obispo and falling in love with its beaches and beautiful landscapes. Vermont was a whole other kind of beauty that I still love to my core.
I moved to San Francisco to go to college and was instantly at home in that lovely city. After graduating from SFSU, I stayed in the Bay Area for another couple of decades! I was a teacher at SFSU’s Early Childhood Education Center, was a part of the development of Google’s Children’s Centers for it first 8 years, and then taught as a 2nd grade teacher at Helios New School for Gifted Learners.
While I adore San Francisco and loved my years teaching up North, I also felt a pull to return to SLO. I moved back to SLO County in 2015 to be able to spend more time with the crazy clan I call my family. I’ve found my niche, and a change of pace, here at Wallace Group! It’s amazing how many skills I developed as a teacher translate into office life: preparing for what you expect and then rolling with how things actually go, enjoying the many different people and personalities you get to work with every day, and looking for ways to help the office run smoothly for everyone, just to name a few.
When not at work, I’m enjoying getting reacquainted with our beautiful SLO County. I’ve adopted a dog, Finnegan, from Woods Humane Society who is just as passionate about exploring! And as it turns out, it isn’t too hard to draw visitors when you live on the Central Coast, either. I’ve been hosting lots of friends since moving here! I am also so happy to be back in the heart of my family again, including three wonderful nieces: Hazel, Sophie, and Quinn.
Describe what you do at WG
I’m the front desk receptionist and an administrative assistant. I multitask to get the job(s) done and enjoy the diversity of Admin work.
What are some of your favorite activities with WG?
The WG Fun committee is always coming up with stuff for us to do! I’ve joined for a trip to the Getty Villa Museum, an outdoor play in Solvang, and whale watching and kayaking in Morro Bay. Kayaking was awesome and I am itching to go again soon! I also have a good time reading and chatting with our company book club. And then there is our yearly BBQ, which is a good time, too…especially when Zoo to You brings amazing animals for us to meet!
What are you involved in outside WG? Charities, organizations, service groups?
This question has me a bit shame-faced… I’ll try to channel any guilt into inspiration to get more involved in helping others! I’ve recently contacted Woods Humane Society to see about volunteering with their organization. Hopefully, they’ll be putting me to work, soon!
While it’s not exactly service work, I did team up with a friend to start a website, preschoolbydesign.com, to support educators and families of young children. It was a great way to say goodbye to working in classrooms and a way to stay connected to the world of education in a different capacity. See, not exactly charity work...
A nice long walk and talk with a friend and my dog is at the top of my list. You get moving outside, catch up with someone you care about, and make your dog happy…win, win, win!
This is tough. Coen brothers, Wes Anderson and the Duplass brothers make some of my favorites. John Hughes and Rob Reiner are great for nostalgic favorites, like Breakfast Club and Princess Bride. In general, I’m kind of a sucker for the small budget film. My godson’s family calls these “Sarah movies” as in “aww, no…is this a ‘Sarah movie’?”
Tacos, Sushi, Loco Moco, Thai…variety is the spice of life! I also always love a great big salad with lots of good stuff and something delicious and grilled on top.
Describe your dream vacation
I’d love to trek around Europe, visit Scotland and Ireland, and get lost in magical and far off lands. I also wouldn’t turn my nose up at a tropical locale.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
When I was little, my father was an Agricultural professor for Sterling College in Vermont. We lived on the College’s farm, which my father ran with the help of the students. I loved communing with the animals there so much! Laying against a friendly, fat pig, reading a favorite book. Being followed about by bottle-fed lambs and always able to find a barn kitty to cuddle. What’s not to love?!? My soft spot for all creatures, great and small, has grown with me into adulthood. I love all the critters!
What’s your secret ability?
I hate to toot my own horn, but the truth is the truth. I can whistle with the best of them. Not everyone appreciates a whistler…some have even called it annoying, and I was once threatened with eviction on a road trip if I didn’t rein it in. Haters get jealous in the face of raw talent, what can I say…
What is the furthest away from SLO you have been?
Toss-up between Hawaii and Canada, which both have their merits, but, honestly, I really need to feed my travel bug better.