Sarah Payette

Assistant Head of School

It has been a delight to be involved with the Greenspire community since its founding, first as a parent and now also as its Project-Based Learning Coordinator and Assistant Head of School.

I agree with Greenspire’s philosophy that children learn best when they are engaged in stimulating projects, often in nature – and I have lived my own life that way as well.

I supplemented my own early education outdoors, growing up on a hobby farm in southeastern Michigan.  My undergraduate years were spent at The University of Southern Maine where I earned my degree in Therapeutic Recreation.  Years directing a ropes course and day camp in Portland, Maine followed and inculcated in me a desire to always work in a place that considered the out-of-doors as a classroom.  In 2001, I moved with my spouse and young daughter to Traverse City, where I have fallen in love not only with the region’s natural beauty but also its warm sense of community.

Nine years of homeschooling taught me the importance of education that is lively and rich for both the teacher and the students.  In 2013, I joined the Greenspire staff to put my experience to work in a public school and just recently earned my masters in experiential learning and development from Plymouth State University.

Between my two daughters, my son, and myself, my family has a collective 12 academic years either working at or attending Greenspire.  For all of us, it has been the highlight of our academic experience.