Sara is an instructional specialist and school systems consultant with 23 years of experience in public education. She is passionate about improving systems, equity, trauma’s impact on the brain, and school innovation.
Sara had years in the classroom that spanned from kindergarteners who were learning English to middle schoolers who were learning Spanish. She coached teachers on literacy, engagement, equity, inclusion, and cross-content instruction. The first school in which she was a principal went from being on a state watch list to earning Rewards School status in 4 years, indicating their student growth rate was in the top 10% of the state.
Most recently, Sara has been working as a school change strategist, coming alongside districts as they seek to improve practice and accomplish their own goals. Sara specializes in the impact of the Science of Reading and the importance of all students accessing grade-level texts and tasks. She can teach, support, analyze, and strategize. This makes her uniquely qualified to serve educators as they make big transitions into new paradigms and new spaces. She is an Educational Designer who knows teaching and learning!
Sara is also a Spanish speaker, hobby pianist, and avid reader who uses her “downtime” to explore the world with her husband and kids. They once converted a Sprinter Van into a Camper and meandered from Michigan to Washinton State. And when the pandemic hit, they took off in an RV heading southwest, spending 3 of those months in the Baja Peninsula to interact with fellow Spanish speakers, whales, and the desert.
“Sara puts not only heart and soul into her work in education but blood, sweat, tears, and anything else she can make use of. She knows her stuff and cares deeply about making sure everyone has access to learning – students and educators alike.””