Educator Profile    Educators

Sarah Powley (IN '93)


At the time of the Award, Sarah Powley was:

McCutcheon High School
Lafayette, IN

Subject(s) taught: English/Language Arts
Grade(s): 9, 11, 12

Biographical Information

At the time of her Award, Sarah Powley, English teacher and department chair at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette said, "I cannot picture myself in a job that doesn't allow the level of creativity, the measure of independence, and the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives that teaching has provided me." She led the development of a model Honors English curriculum in the Tippecanoe School Corporation, and spearheaded an interdisciplinary program called "Beyond the Pages" to promote reading, literature and the arts through visits from nationally recognized authors such as W.P. Kinsella and poet Gwendolyn Brooks. In 1998, Powley pursued her interest in international education as an exchange teacher in Russia, and participated in a three-year program of student exchanges with a secondary school in Pskov. She and two colleagues established an International Club at McCutcheon, in which students conduct various overseas service projects. In 2006, Powley received a Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship Award to travel to Rwanda, where she served as a guest teacher while studying the country's 1994 genocide. Powley has made numerous presentations on teaching the Holocaust-including presentations about The Children of Willesden Lane-at Indiana Department of Education workshops and National Council of Teachers of English conferences.
In 2009 she was awarded the Lowell Milken Center's Milken Fellowship. In 2009 she was also recognized for her work in Holocaust education with the Irena Sendler Award. She is involved in the promotion of secondary education for students in Rwanda and Burundi and has presented professional development workshops for teachers of English in Rwanda.

Related Connections

Article: Why We’re Staying in Education

Article: Teaching Lessons from the Holocaust: “Never Again”

Milestone: Sarah Powley (IN '93) Honored by Purdue University

Article: Without Words – Teaching English Language Learners (ELL)

Article: Graduation: Pomp and Circumstances

Sarah Powley In The News

Holocaust Education: Our Teachers are Failing Our Children
Kars4Kids  |  Dec 21, 2021  |  Lakewood, NJ

Five honored as Purdue Distinguished Education Alumni
Purdue University Online  |  Oct 24, 2017  |  West Lafayette, IN

Additional Information


2009 Purdue University, M.S., 1985


1965 DePauw University, B.A., 1965

Saving the Lake (memoir)


International Education, Literacy, Holocaust Education, writing