Sarah Elaine Eaton

Founder and President, Eaton International Consulting Inc.
Calgary, Canada

About Sarah Elaine


Sarah Elaine Eaton holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Spanish from the University of Calgary. Before moving to Calgary she attended Saint Mary’s University in her native city of Halifax where she earned a B.A. (Hons) in English. She has also studied at the Unviersidad Complutense in Madrid.

A Research Associate and faculty member at the University of Calgary, Dr. Eaton began her teaching career in 1994. She taught Spanish at the post-secondary level, as well as to adults. She has also taught English as a Second Language. She has worked in educational administration in various capacities including English and a Second Language, language program administration, post-secondary language and educational research, and evaluation and monitoring of educational programs.

Her book, 101 Ways to Promote Your Language Program: a practical guide for language schools (available on is now in its second edition. It has ranked among DeMille’s Technical Books Top 10 Best sellers, reaching #1 on that Top 10 list on August 25, 2003.

She has published other work both in print and on line. In addition she as presented her work at conferences and been invited to speak at educational events in five countries (Canada, the U.S., Honduras, Cuba and the U.K.) Dr. Eaton has lived in the U.K. and studied in Spain and has travelled throughout North America, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. She now resides in Calgary, Canada.


In addition to her university work, Dr. Eaton founded Eaton International Consulting in 2001, where she provides consulting services to educational and non-profit organizations and endeavors in the areas of management, administration and particularly, marketing and recruiting.

We work with executive directors and others at the organizational director-level, as well as managers and other administrators. We provide consulting, business coaching and mentoring and advice on strategic marketing plan development and implementation.



Areas of Expertise

education, Languages, Literacy, Leadership, Educational Administration, educational leadership, Educational Leadership and Systems, Second Language Education, Second Languages, Foreign Language

An idea worth spreading

My idea worth spreading is that learning languages increases our leadership potential in deeply transformative ways. I have spent several years researching this topic. The correlations between leadership and language learning are startlingly inspirational.

I have given talks about this topic in a variety of settings. And I wrote about it in "Want to Change the World? Learn Another Language: Leadership Inspired Through Language Learning" is a free ebook that links language learning to personal, community and world leadership. It shows how learning a language can help us change the world in wildly positive ways. It includes practical classroom activities teachers can use with students of a variety of ages. It is available here:

I'm passionate about

Changing models of education; the merging of business and education; philosophical and ethical dilemmas about merging education & business; education of the future; languages & literacy; running.

Talk to me about

21st century education, models of learning, changing models of education; education of the future; language and literacy, language learning, link between leadership and language learning

People don't know I'm good at

Identifying trends in education and how those trends relate to changes in how we teach and learn in the 21st century.

Comments & conversations

Sarah Elaine Eaton
Posted almost 4 years ago
Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education
As an educator and educational researcher, I found this video fascinating. The project incorporates elements of self-directed learning, curiosity, effective learning, informal learning and lifelong learning. I also wonder how schools or governments could use this project to build similar types of learning experiences for children that tap into their curiosity and desire to learn, share and grow.
Sarah Elaine Eaton
Posted over 4 years ago
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
I enjoyed how this speaker makes us think while making us laugh. As an educator, I connected with his talk in a fundamental and visceral way. I think many educators would connect with his talk, but those ideas get lost in the bureaucracy of school systems. I wonder how we could implement creatively as part of an entire educational system?
Sarah Elaine Eaton
Posted over 4 years ago
Tim Brown: Designers -- think big!
I appreciate how the speaker encourages us to move from "design" to "design thinking". Challenging ourselves to think in new and innovative ways is what will move us forward - both as individuals and as a species.