Sage Magness-Hill

Why Watershed?

I found Watershed when I was searching for public county alternatives to my neighborhood’s very predominantly white elementary school. I needed my kid’s school experience to mirror my passion for equity and inclusion. The fact that Watershed is an environmental focused school centered around project-based learning clinched the deal for me. The day I got notified that we were off Watershed’s waitlist was one of the best days of my time in Baltimore. I can’t imagine my kids at any other school, and love getting the excited chatter about their days (paired with the rocks and sticks and leaves and other nature “keepsakes” that come with the stories).


Hello Watershed Community! My name is Sage Magness-Hill (they/them/theirs) and I’m honored to serve as your current President of the Board. I’m originally from NYC, lived all over the south, and landed in Baltimore when I was searching for diverse and funky small cities on the east coast to raise my kid. 

I am an artist by education and currently work as an Academic Advisor and Success Coach supporting first generation and limited income students at the Johns Hopkins University. I have worked in higher education, predominantly Residence Life, for the last 13 years, and believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and access should be the foundation of all educational practices. 

A fun fact about me is that I met my wife in the Watershed parking lot, so I started my first year at WPCS with one kindergartener and ended the year with two kindergarteners and a senior in high school. It speaks to the Watershed community, for sure! My free time is occupied with parenting, Girl Scouts, outdoor exploration, art, crafts and knitting, biking, caring for our axolotl and hermit crabs, and fixing up our new house in Gwynn Oak.