Sarah was selected as the Twin Rivers School District's Teacher of the Year. Photo is with her mentee, who nominated her!

What's up with Kickstarter?

In early spring 2013, I created a Kickstarter project in support of "Everyone Has Something" (the book's name initially). I was contacted by a woman in Kansas who, in not so gentle words, told me she had self-published a similarly titled book, featuring photos and simple sentences of kids describing challenges. She was adamant that I had somehow broken the law, and she dedicated many weeks to ending my book's progression. My Kickstarter project was a casualty of these efforts, and it was taken off the site. As it turns out, titles cannot be copyrighted and, having never seen her book, I was in no way guilty of plagiarizing her content. In a show of good faith, I added the subtitle, "Together We Can" to distinguish our books from one another.  Since then, I've found that many books end up with the same titles! I wish this woman peace and hope her book does well.

SPEAKING TOPICS


  • Teaching "grit" (Growth Mindset)
  • The Everyone has Something Approach
  • Power of Empathy
  • Making Inclusion work for everyone
  • Eradicating Bullying
  • Empowering children with disabilities
  • Teaching executive functioning


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" Sarah is a loving woman who inspires all of us to find love of ourselves and our differences! ” Michael Pritchard, keynote speaker and PBS children's series creator.

Sarah Kesty

      Sarah Kesty has worked with students with a range of disabilities for over twelve years. She has a Masters in Special Education from Sacramento State and two teaching credentials. Sarah is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. She has experience teaching Kindergarten through high school aged students and coaching Special Olympics.

      Sarah has spoken to groups of teachers, parents, and students about disability awareness, advocacy, and maximizing life satisfaction. Her speaking has taken her all the way to Belize, where she taught a seminar on behavior management to a group of 150 teachers.

      Sarah is on the advisory board for the CMTA, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association. She writes and presents for CARS+, the organization for special education teachers. In 2014, Sarah was named Twin Rivers School District's Teacher of the Year. Sarah lives in San Diego, where she is an Academic Coach for special education programs.