Sara Blomquist, MCC Excellence in Teaching Part Time 2017
Sara Blomquist earned her BA in English from Rutgers University (Douglass College) and her MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction from Temple University. While at Temple, in the Fall of 2010, she joined their First Year Writing Program, completing their semester-long teaching practicum, and has been teaching First Year Writing since.
She has taught at several different types of institutions, from community colleges, such as MCC, to smaller universities, such as Philadelphia University, to large universities, such as Rutgers. She has also taught different levels of First Year Writing, from developmental to research methods, giving her a wide range of skills and experience.
Professor Blomquist came to MCC in the Spring of 2012, starting at the New Brunswick Center. She moved to the Edison Campus a year later, and has been a valuable member of MCC’s adjunct teaching community ever since. She uses best practices and a hands-on approach to teaching that promotes student success through universal design, instructor accessibility in and out of class, frequent low stakes student assessments with detailed feedback, and individualized instruction. All of which helps foster a life-long love of learning.
When Sara first began teaching, she learned that first year writing professors are often the first college faculty students ever speak to. The professors students meet first are the ones who will influence the rest of these students’ college careers, not only though the skills taught, but through their experience in the classroom. This is why she runs her classroom the way she does: the reason why she makes herself accessible, her classroom welcoming, and her assignments with realistic yet challenging goals.