Sarah Tranum, MS, COTA/L, ROH

Director, OTA, Professor, OTA

I teach so my students can learn, not to prove to them that they didn’t. My ultimate goal is to foster student growth and success. Personal responsibility is an important key to success, therefore I have high expectations for students to be responsible. Foundational skills of professionalism are taught and refined throughout my courses. I believe students have different learning styles, and therefore I utilize different teaching styles so everyone has an opportunity to learn and to demonstrate their knowledge. Experiential learning is my mainstay: I believe students learn best when they can learn by doing.

Not only am I passionate about teaching, but I am also passionate about the profession of occupational therapy (OT). I am a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as well as the NY State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA). I jump at any opportunity I get to talk about OT, whether to individuals or groups. Besides teaching full time, I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) working in home health care. Not only is it important to stay on top of my skills so I can be prepared to teach, but I also feel it is important to advocate and represent the field positively by providing excellent care in the community.

Additionally, I serve as the vice president of a nonprofit called AmTryke/AMBUCS. Our mission is to "inspire mobility and independence" by providing adapted trykes for people of all ages. Giving back to the community is important to me, and volunteering with AmTrykes provides the perfect opportunity to use my OT skills to help people participate in the leisure activity of bike riding.


  • Advanced Masters Certificate Teaching in the Virtual Classroom - Fielding Graduate University
  • M.S. Adult Education - State University of New York College at Buffalo
  • B.S. Health and Human Services: Early Childhood - State University of New York at Buffalo
  • A.A.S. Occupational Therapy Assistant - Erie Community College

Academic Interests

  • Adult education
  • Occupational therapy