Teacher Spotlight Ms. BiggsSara Biggs is our third-grade teacher at Livingston Classical Academy. Her own personal values of cultivating character and instilling the love of learning align with LCA’s mission. She loves that she gets a front-row seat to student transformations and growth.

Read more about her story and love for education. 

Who inspired you or what made you want to be part of a school setting? 

My mother was my inspiration. As a little girl, I used to set up my stuffed animals and play school for hours. My imaginary classroom, aka: my bedroom, transformed into a place where I felt my nurturing spirit and zest for knowledge come to life. My mom continued to cultivate and encourage my passion for helping and teaching others as I became older. Over the years, countless teachers also impacted and inspired me to pursue education as well as some of my closest friends who are educators. Many believed and invested in me when I didn’t believe in myself and for that, I will always be grateful. 

Where were you born and raised? 

Born and raised in Canton, MI. 

What drew you to classical education? What about it makes you want to teach in a classical education setting? 

The philosophy of classical education resonates with me in many ways. The high standards of excellence displayed among educators, students, and parents are what drew me in. In addition to the content-rich curriculum, the love of learning instilled early on, and the importance of cultivating moral character in students strongly aligns with my own personal values and beliefs.

What are you most looking forward to this school year at Livingston Classical Academy?

I am looking forward to witnessing the transformation and growth in my third graders as we embark on this exciting journey together! I’m also looking forward to watching the transformation and growth in my own children as they enter their first year at Livingston Classical Academy.

What is your favorite classical book and why? 

My favorite classical book is Alice in Wonderland. There’s a whimsical and nostalgic feeling that always ensues with this book. The biggest lesson I take away from Alice is that it’s never too late to believe in the impossible. The many times she could have given up on her adventure because of all the challenges she faced taught me the meaning of perseverance. I’m looking forward to reading this book with my class this year. A mad hatter’s tea party will most likely be necessary! 

Which virtue resonates most with you? How do you (or will you) incorporate it into your everyday? 

As I mentioned before with Alice in Wonderland, persistence is important to me. Continuing to try and never giving up even while facing challenges builds strength and character and I hope to reinforce this in my classroom on a daily basis.

What do you do outside of the classroom? What are your hobbies? 

Outside of the classroom, I love to travel, spend time with my husband Chris, my son Tyler (11), and my daughters Ella (9) and Gracelynn (8). In my spare time, I also teach figure skating and compete with an Adult Theatre on Ice team. Our latest adventure took us to Epinal, France where we represented our country during this year’s Nations Cup.