Carnegie Mellon University

April 2020 Family Spotlight: 
Music is Always Playing


Hello! Hello! We are the Sabol Family - Jim, Emily, Norah (4.5), and our dog Lucy (13). Emily is a lifelong Pittsburgher and has only lived elsewhere for undergraduate (Indiana University, Bloomington) and graduate school (Michigan State) where she studied Developmental Psychology and Child Development. Jim was born and raised in Erie, PA; but at this point, he is an honorary Pittsburgher. He has lived here for well over a decade since attending the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied Chemical Engineering.

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom when Norah was born in 2015, Emily worked in academic research as a research assistant and project coordinator at IU, MSU, and Pitt. After that, Emily worked as a program coordinator at the Pittsburgh Holocaust Center. Jim currently works as a project manager at Equitrans Midstream. When he is not working, he is cheering for the Pens, playing the guitar and banjo, reading, attending a concert, and immersing Norah in the world of music. Music is always playing at the Sabol house. Emily enjoys getting together with friends, reading, gardening, taking walks, and creating with Norah. Norah loves dramatic play, music, spending time outside, playing with her grandparents, baking anything sweet, reading, being a big cousin to baby Hadley, and, most currently, the world of Harry Potter.

Since she was a baby, Norah has had a lot of fun going to some of the same places that Emily visited as a child, like the Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill, Gymkhana at the Factory, Blue Slide Park, the Carnegie Science Center, Phipps, and Kennywood. More recently, our family moved to Peters Township in the South Hills where we have been enjoying playing in our backyard, gardening, swimming, taking walks, and exploring new places to eat and play. Lucy loves having so much space to explore and often runs around with the energy of a puppy.

This is Norah’s first year at the Children’s School and we feel extremely lucky to be here. She is currently in the AM 4’s Green Room with Mrs. Bird and Mr. Allen. We wholeheartedly appreciate the daily kindness, the play-based approach, the evidenced-based practices, and the wonderful outdoor spaces that Norah and the rest of the children enjoy on a regular basis. We have seen Norah thrive in many meaningful ways since starting in the fall. We look forward to the rest of our time in the Green Room and next year in Kindergarten.