I’m Sara Puotinen, an Ex-Academic, Storyteller, and Troublemaker. I spent a big chunk of my life in school, almost 33 years: 27 as a student, 6 as a teacher. I left in December of 2011. My critical and creative work as a writer and digital storyteller involves using that training and experience in undisciplined ways.

This site is a space for thinking through and practicing those undisciplined methods. It is a space for experimenting with living beside (next to) and besides (in addition to) the Academy. And it is a space for reclaiming my passion for education.

I want to reclaim my passion for engaging with ideas, authors, theories and education that school sparked within me and then, over the course of 33 years as a student and teacher, disciplined out of me.