Sarah Albert said she is able to use the knowledge and experiences she gained in the University of Illinois today as a lead course instructor within the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).
Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences in 2010 and a master’s degree in agricultural education in 2012.
“By studying animal sciences and agricultural education, I was able to bring together my two passions – animals and teaching,” she said.
During her time at the U of I, Sarah studied dog and cat behavior as an intern at the Champaign County Humane Society. In addition, she was a member of the U of I registered student organization (RSO) Teachers for Creatures, a group dedicated to educating others about companion animal issues such as puppy mills, breed discrimination, exotic pet ownership, cat overpopulation, and animal adoption.
Today she teaches Companion Animals in Society (ANSC 250), a general education course discussing the human-animal bond with companion animals in Western culture. She also teaches Human-Animal Interactions (ANSC 305).
“The best part about my job is in knowing that I am introducing many students to topics they most likely never considered,” she said. “These topics, including pet overpopulation and animal adoption, are very important. My students are often inspired to go out and educate their friends and family. In reality, by teaching and inspiring these students, I know I can indirectly educate and inspire others.”