Sarah comes from a family of teachers. Her mother was an elementary librarian, her grandfather had a long career as a professor of literature and her grandmother was a third-grade teacher. Teaching had always been on her heart as she was raising a young family with her husband Jack. She started in private schools in Greeley, Colorado and Durango, Colorado, then felt a call to move to the public-school system; specifically, low-performing, underachieving schools in Colorado Springs.
The first venture in a Colorado Springs was in a middle school in the highest crime district in Colorado Springs. By her second year at this school, her students had the highest scores on their district benchmark assessments. She eventually ended up at a high-risk school in the same district where her students were also successful on district benchmarks. From there she moved to a large district in Colorado Springs as a Master Teacher with the TAP program, working in low-income, under-performing schools. It was her work as a Master teacher for five years that transformed her work in schools, using research proven strategies to effect change on a larger scale. She had the privilege of working with two schools on school-wide literacy strategies that moved the schools from Priority Improvement and Improvement ratings from the State of Colorado to Performance in less than two years. Working with teachers, she has developed and refined a high-impact strategy called Reteach/Extend that eliminated D’s and F’s for students.
Her passion is to see every teacher be highly effective in the classroom and every student feel empowered to own their learning and success; instilling hope in the hearts and minds of the people she serves. She loves building relationships and working alongside schools to effect change.
Sarah has a Master’s degree in Theatre and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is a member of the Professional Association of Colorado Educators. She has served in schools as an administrator, Dean of Students, Master teacher (instructional coach), teacher, and para educator. She has been married to her husband Jack for 34 years and has two grown, married children. Most importantly, she has one grand-daughter named Charlee and another granddaughter on her way late July.