Sara Marie Chase Duffany – Always in our hearts!

Sara Marie Chase Duffany

The Sara Marie School honors a beloved departed kindergarten teacher, Sara Marie Chase Duffany.  Sara’s dedication and love of education inspired her students, earned the respect of her colleagues, and won the hearts of her families.  Her loving, caring, and cheerful attitude brought a smile to everyone’s face and lifted their hearts.

In April 2011, at age 25, Sara Marie Chase Duffany was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  Just 6 months later, on October 1, 2011, Sara passed from her illness. Sara’s wish in life was to leave a lasting impression on the world, her final wish was to always be remembered by those she loved.

In Sara’s memory,  a group of Sara’s closest colleagues have gathered together to open the new school in Sara’s memory.  They hope to honor Sara’s life and last wish by creating an enduring monument to carry on her legacy for years to come. 

The Sara Marie School programs will be nurturing and  fun, promoting a positive school experience for all learners. The school’s mission is to encourage love for self, build character and strong community involvement, all while building a firm
educational foundation.

Our School

Located in Clifton Park, NY, The Sara Marie School is a private, not-for-profit, educational organization. Founded by Michelle Emirzian, Tara Leander, and Joanna Pendergast in 2012, the mission of The Sara Marie School is to provide a stimulating educational environment, fostering academic achievement and a lifelong love of learning. Students are encouraged to apply moral values in their everyday lives by participating in the community, respecting the dignity of others and making responsible choices for themselves and their community. The Sara Marie School’s academic program currently consists of nursery (3 year old) through grade one classrooms, with intentions of adding a grade level each year as the student body progresses.

The curriculum is designed around New York State common core standards to enable each student to achieve their maximum potential and is continually upgraded to include a variety of innovations. By limiting class size, we are able to accommodate multi-age learning activities and provide individualized attention.  Our faculty members are selected for their adherence to The Sara Marie School’s educational philosophy.   

Students are encouraged to actively participate in the learning process and parents are expected to facilitate their child’s progress by supporting school policy, especially in the areas of attendance, conduct, homework and the dress code.  Family members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, both during the school day and after school hours.

The Sara Marie School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of admission and educational programs.  

Meet our Team