Sarah Menoni sign overlooks hurrying students.

Students rush to class in the World Languages wing.

Posted: April, 3, 2017 - 9:08am

Sarah Menoni

Antioch Community High School

Visitors to Antioch Community High School traveling up to the World Language Department will notice a street sign dedicated to a very special teacher, Sarah Menoni.  Sarah was diagnosed with leukemia and lost her battle on January 5th, 2013 at the young age of 29. She was persistent and brave and did not let any hurdle stand in her way.  Her courageous spirit continues to inspire those who knew her.  Here is a look behind MENONI CT.

Sarah discovered her love for the Spanish language at the the University of Illinois and studied abroad in Granada, Spain before beginning her career at Antioch Community High School in 2006.  Sarah taught Spanish 1, Spanish 2, and Spanish 2 Honors and always strove to improve her practice by taking advantage of professional development opportunities. In addition, she contributed to the World Language Department by assisting in the development of curriculum maps, being highly involved with curriculum writing, and creating common assessments for the World Language Department.  Sarah also served as a volunteer on the School Improvement Committee and was a Junior Class Sponsor, where she worked with the Junior Class Student Council members to raise funds for Prom and organized events like the Battle of the Bands and Variety Show.  Sarah was always willing to go above and beyond in any capacity.

Sarah had such a love and talent for teaching.  She came to work with a big smile each day, which was contagious to her students and co-workers alike.  Sarah’s desire to help everyone was seen by always finding the good in everything.  She taught with great energy and enthusiasm and developed an amazing rapport with students, which made them love being in her class.  They endearingly referred to her as “señorita” and she taught with tremendous passion each day. She always found creative ways to engage her students and took great pride in their successes.  Students remember her as fun, sincere, and engaging.  Her commitment to her students was unshakable; she never missed a graduation ceremony or an opportunity to see her students reach a milestone. Her upbeat personality, positive attitude and enthusiasm for students are some of the qualities that made her an outstanding teacher.

Not only was she an inspiration to students, her dedication and positivity was an inspiration to her colleagues as well.  Colleagues remember her as kind, thoughtful, collaborative, and respected by all who came in contact with her. She was well-liked, appreciated, and respected by everyone who knew her.  Sarah had an eagerness to help in any situation and was remarkably selfless, never expecting anything in return.  Her passion for the Spanish language lives on through the Sarah E Menoni Memorial Scholarship at the University of Illinois and through the countless students she impacted during her time at Antioch Community High School.

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