Neill Family Names Locker Room in Honor of Sarah Demers (Girls Varsity Soccer)
Posted May 29, 2012
Six years ago, John Austin '83 and Will Speers traveled to Boston to find a new English teacher and met Brown University standout Sarah Demers. They immediately saw in Sarah a young woman destined for greatness. Despite their best recruiting efforts, Sarah was intent on teaching at a public school and graciously declined their overtures. Thankfully a neighbor of Sarah’s was an old friend of Will's who convinced her to at least visit campus.
"I ended up stopping by campus on my way to Washington D.C. to accept a position at a Charter school," recalled Sarah. "I thought it would confirm my decision to work in D.C., but it did the exact opposite." She joined the St. Andrew’s faculty as an English teacher, dorm parent, advisor and coach of soccer, swimming and lacrosse. Her impact was immediate as her vitality and passion permeated every aspect of School life. "She is an absolute dynamo and serves as incredible role model for students," praised Tad Roach.
As one of many St. Andrew’s families touched by Sarah’s energy and goodness, Scottie and David Neill P’13,‘14 decided to thank Sarah for her incredible work by directing their Crossroads Campaign gift to name the new girls’ varsity locker room in her honor.
The Neills surprised Sarah with their decision after coaching a game earlier this month. Sarah’s colleagues, parents and students packed into the lobby of the Sipprelle Field House to join the celebration and give thanks for the everlasting gifts Sarah brought to St. Andrew’s. You can watch a few highlights of the ceremony below.
Sarah will continue making an impact in her life's next chapter working for the TEAK Foundation in New York City starting this summer. We are so excited for Sarah and grateful for the legacy she leaves behind.
The Crossroads Campaign continues to thrive as so many like the Neills have seized the opportunity to recognize and honor the many teachers, staff and friends that had and continue to have a profound impact on their lives. With thirteen months to go, we are thrilled and grateful that the community has continued to come together and raised $46.1 million toward our $55 million goal. As we head to the end of our fiscal year on June 30, please remember that your investment in the Annual Fund counts toward the Campaign totals.