Sarah Tierney graduated summa cum laude from Montana State University with a Masters of Science in Science Education where she examined the impacts of outdoor education and citizen science on student learning. She did her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire, graduated summa cum laude, where she majored in environmental conservation with a minor in hydrology and wetland ecology and a concentration in watershed management and policy. While in college, she studied abroad in New Zealand and decided to return upon graduating, working for the government conducting environmental surveys and designing environmental management plans. Prior to coming to Porter’s, Sarah Tierney worked at Brewster Academy for four years as a science teacher, coach, and the assistant head of residential life. There, she created a new curriculum for an upper level freshwater ecology class; presented at the National Science Teacher Association conference on student portfolios; and piloted an outdoor travel program to the Island School in Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Sarah Tierney lives on campus and teaches science - marine biology, environmental lab science, freshwater ecology, and general biology. She also serves as an advisor and head equestrian coach.