Student Inquiry & Research News

We are proud to announce the development of a new full time faculty position dedicated to student inquiry and research. As our commitment to and culture around supporting student-driven inquiry grows, WMS  identifies a need for more specific and experienced support for both students and teachers. We are also pleased to introduce Sara Kelley-Mudie, currently of Hawken School, in Gates Mills, Ohio, as the person who will fill this role.


Sara holds a Master of Education from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, Kent, Ohio. Sara serves now as Upper School Librarian and Instructional Technologist at Hawken. She has also been the Library Director and Information Technology Facilitator at Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Sara says, “For years I’ve described my dream job as “Director of Inquiry”, and this position perfectly encapsulates the work I am most passionate about. My favorite moments as an educator have always been grounded in two questions: What makes a good question? How do we know when we have the answer? While on the surface these can seem like simple questions, the skills we develop and use when grappling with them are fundamental not just to school, but to everything we do. I am so excited to collaborate with the faculty and students at WMS, and learn more about the questions that drive their learning.”

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Sara Kelley-Mudie meets with a Hawken student.

Sara will join The White Mountain School team this fall. She will serve as a teacher of the research seminar class and coordinator of the LASR projects. Sara will also support teachers as they implement inquiry in the classroom. Head of School Tim Breen notes, “Sara brings tremendous experience as both a teacher and librarian in schools over the past 14 years. She has published articles on learning through inquiry and has been a presenter at numerous conferences.”

Welcome, Sara!

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