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Talia Goodkin '98, 2021-22

Talia Goodkin ’98

I went to SFS and I loved being a student here- the sense of deep belonging that I felt, the care and dedication of the teachers who guided my learning, the power of each sacred ceremony, and the excitement around the many traditions that are still ongoing today.

I attended Lick-Wilmerding High School, Tufts University, and got my masters through BATTI. I taught first grade for four years in Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as a variety of Bay Area schools, but no community felt as “just right” as the one I came from.

I am thrilled to be a teacher here, with the freedom to shape the curriculum based on my students’ interests, the remarkable opportunities to collaborate with colleagues to deepen learning, and the sincere faith I have that the entire SFS community is truly living out its mission statement and cultivating the kinds of citizens who we trust to inherit this world.

When out of the classroom, I love: games, games, and more games (less strategy ones, more license-to-act-a-fool ones), long backpacking trips, running trail races, yoga, writing, creative dinner solutions with a sparse fridge, and constantly spinning the globe to land on the next big adventure that will launch me outside of my comfort zone.