Dr. Sarah Schmaltz Saltmarsh

Senior Specialist, AZ PRIME


Dr. Sarah Schmaltz Saltmarsh joins NIET as a seasoned educator with extensive experience in public education. In her 24 years of service, she has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, school administrator, and leader in teacher preparation. Most recently, Sarah has been providing technical assistance to traditional educator preparation programs across the country in the areas of effective clinical practices, teacher educator effectiveness, meaningful community partnerships, and data use for continuous improvement. Her journey in education has been marked by the development of meaningful relationships with all stakeholders and her belief that we are stronger when we support one another, share ideas, and work together!

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota. Sarah also earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation, both from Arizona State University.

Dr. Sarah  Schmaltz Saltmarsh

What do you do in your free time?

The two things I fill my free time with are live music and great food! I believe that live music can make almost any day better! I can often be found at small local venues supporting up and coming artists or large festivals that provide me an opportunity to travel the country. I listen to all genres of music but am particularly drawn to artists known for their story telling and acoustic sounds. I also believe that the best way to get to know a neighborhood or community is through their food. I have a very adventurous spirit and will try any dish once! Some of my best memories include a great concert followed by food with friends and neighbors.

Who was your favorite teacher? Who is your favorite teacher?

My favorite teacher was Mr. Miller. He was my fourth-grade teacher and it was the first time I had ever had a teacher who truly made the learning environment FUN! His spirit for learning and commitment to making each student feel like a meaningful member of the classroom community served as a model for me as I began to develop what I wanted to develop as my teaching style. I will forever be grateful to him for his passion and joy for educated students.