Over the years, I've worn many hats! My educational background is in counseling psychology and parenting education. I have a masters of education in counselling psychology and a graduate certificate in parenting education.
For many years I ran my own business as a parent educator, called Moving Through Parenthood. My focus was educating the parents of teens and I offered educational workshops and presented to parent groups.
While my own teens were in high school, I took a break from this work. I decided to pursue another passion, baking. Sara Ran Away with the Spoon was initially a home bakery, and I sold my treats at local farmers' markets. After five years, I realized that I missed teaching but still loved to bake.
I decided to teach kids and tweens/teens to bake. When the pandemic hit, I pivoted from teaching in-person to teaching baking online. Surprisingly, I found I love teaching teens online. As the pandemic progressed, I felt sad for my teen customers, who were isolated from their peers and showing signs of being stressed and anxious. Our baking classes always seemed to bring smiles to their faces.
I've realized that I have a unique set of skills with my parenting education background and love of teaching tweens/teens to bake. Not only can I teach teens to bake, but I create tools to help parents who are worried about the well-being of their kids. I help support teens through the power of baking!
One of my core messages is that baking can be empowering, especially for teens. It helps teens gain confidence, allow for creativity, and build connection, all while learning an important life skill.
When not baking, I enjoy being active outside, swimming, biking, walking, or xc-skiing. I also love books (fiction and cookbooks)! I’m a mom of two, but my son and daughter are grown and on their own. My husband and my dog, Delilah, keep me company these days.