Oldfields Illuminated: Faculty Spotlight
Posted 11/27/2017 02:19PM

Meet Roberta Sachs, Director of Learning Support

Why did you chose education for a career?

From the time I was a little girl playing school in my father's office, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. My mother was a teacher at a local elementary school in Passaic, NJ, where I grew up, and I visited her classroom many times just to sit at her desk. When I left home to go to college at the University of Maryland, naturally education was my major. I was fortunate to get my first teaching offer while I was still student teaching in Howard County. Upon graduation, I immediately went to work. While teaching, I attended Johns Hopkins in the evening, and soon received my M.Ed. After taking a few years off to raise a family, I was ready to go back to teaching. I decided I wanted to become a part of the independent school world, and so I began teaching at Krieger Schechter Day School. In addition to classroom teaching, I began doing resource work, helping students to find ways they could become more successful. I realized this was my passion, and I moved to Ruxton Country School to head their resource program and learning center. After a few years, I became Ruxton's admissions director, but still kept myself involved with the students that needed my support. With the closing of Ruxton, I moved to Garrison Forest School and the Lab School, working as a long term substitute at both, directing the resource departments. This led to a position as Director of Institutional Advancement at The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew, and eventually to Oldfields.

Why Oldfields?

My first experience at Oldfields was in the mid 90s, when I was invited to attend a graduation. Having been to many graduations in the past, I expected this to be yet just another one. However, I was amazed at the beauty of the ceremony. I thought the girls were magnificent, as was the campus. I can still visualize the day. As an admissions director, I learned much more about the programs and offerings at Oldfields, as I advised many of my Ruxton girls to continue on at Oldfields for high school. I knew that Oldfields was a school that provided an outstanding education, and now I am so proud to be a part of it. The motto, Each Girl's Success, fits the School perfectly. Everything revolves around this mission, and, to me, this is the best part of the school. The girls that attend Oldfields are getting an incredible experience and graduate prepared for their future.

Any advice for the students?

My best advice to them is to take advantage of every offering here at Oldfields and enjoy every single moment.