Doenmez, Sarah

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Academic Dean - Academic Office

B.A. U.C. Santa Cruz
M.Ed. Antioch New England

I grew up in Putney, Vt and NYC, went to Putney School and Exeter, then spent a year in Rennes, and went to California for college. Thereafter I moved to Zurich where I met and married my husband. We returned to Dublin where my family has long ties after the birth of our daughter, and have been here at Dublin School since 1988. We have raised three children here and been part of the fabric of the school. The  mountain, the lake, the fields, the snows have marked the landscape of our family, and the life of the school has been our shared project every day.

I love reading, politics and current events, running, gardening, knitting. Teaching is exhilarating, as are cross-country skiing, swimming, singing.  We love to travel and learn languages, and our household contains three: English, German, and Turkish, with some Spanish, French, and a little Chinese mixed in.

Dublin School has allowed me to grow and develop in scholarship and creativity, as well as extend my skills in a variety of ways in the field of education. It is a place that supports the growth of all its members. It's a great place!

What book has made you think the most?: only 1?? War Without Mercy, John Dower; The Making of the Atom Bomb, Richard Rhodes; When God Was A Woman; Merlin Stone

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Turning radioactivity into chia seeds; eradicating poverty; giving every person enchanting books; running a marathon in 2h10, flying; reorganizing the government.; living till 250

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: 007 theme song

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: My mother, who teaches me continually to listen and inquire more carefully, to enter into adventures, to be unafraid and free, to share the things that give me joy.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: intuitive, energetic, devoted - i hope

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: Obama! to talk policy

Muhammad Yunus, to figure out how to spread his ideas on social business.

Mohammed El Baradei, to talk about nuclear issues.

Zinedine Zidane, to chill.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: Penelope Cruz. Who do I think might? Meg Ryan. Who might be a good fit? Meryl Streep. Who actually knows me? Melissa Leo.

Peyton-Levine, Liz

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BA Lafayette College
MA in English Literature; Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College 

I grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and moved to Pennsylvania to study English and Theater for college. Following my studies, I moved back to California to work at The Thacher School in Ojai, California where I taught 9th grade English and served in a variety of roles related to student life. Shortly after, I moved to the bay area and continued my work in education by teaching English and overseeing the Advisory Program for Middle School students at CCJDS. During my time at this school, I also met my husband, Sam Peyton-Levine C'05, who whisked me off my feet and across to the country to the great Dublin School. We are both thrilled to be here!

What book has made you think the most? Between the World and Me, All About Love: New Visions, American Primitive, Women Who Run with the Wolves… there are too many:)

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My students are always my greatest teachers, for they show me how to take risks, share openly, and find time to play.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Energetic, compassionate, silly

I am most happy when... Sharing stories with my loved ones, running, reading, writing, exploring new places, people watching.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Be running with my beloved, Sam.