Sarah Stopyra, M. Ed., CFSP
B.A. Framingham State University
M.Ed., Framingham State University, in process
With more than a decade of experience in funeral service in the capacities of funeral director, embalmer and insurance agent conducting pre-need sales, Professor Stopyra brings her passion for her work to her students. As one of the first licensed female funeral directors without family ties to funeral service in her area, she feels fortunate to have had the ability to work autonomously, gain practical, hands on experience in most every aspect of the field.
She was honored in 2017 as the recipient of the annual Ronald J. Lettieri Award for Teaching Excellence by Mount Ida College. In 2015, she was one of 50 funeral directors nationwide selected to participate in the National Funeral Directors Association’s “Meet the Mentors ” program, supported by the Funeral Service Foundation.
Professor Stopyra is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, actively working towards her Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation, she is certified by Crematory Association of North America as a Crematory Operator and holds membership in the National Funeral Directors Association.
“I am a funeral director because it is what I love. I am teacher because it is my passion. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to get to do what I do. The opportunity to pass along my passion for this industry to my students is something I have always dreamed of doing. I feel I am doing as much, if not more for my industry in this position by helping to cultivate compassion, humility and knowledge in future funeral Professionals. ”
Stopyra finds it an exciting time for her vocation. “Every day I am discovering a new service offering, a new way of doing something or a new product that can enhance the way we serve families. I challenge my students every day to embrace these changes as opportunities. ”
Stopyra teaches Funeral Service Merchandising and Management, Social Foundations of Funeral Service, Funeral Directing I and II, Restorative Art Lecture and Lab.
For anyone wanting to enter the field of funeral service, be sure you are doing so because you simply canÍt see yourself doing anything else. To truly BE a funeral director, however, can only come from the heart.