Senior Site Director
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Education: BA Cultural Anthropology, Macalester College;
MS Childhood Education, Bank Street School of Education;
MA Mathematics & Leadership, Bank Street School of Education
Sarah came to Blue Engine after 17 years in education. She started her teaching career as a Teach for America Corps Member teaching elementary school in the South Bronx, not far from where she grew up. She realized that students want to learn and feel successful, but there were obvious challenges. She had the drive, but as an early teacher, she struggled to help her students grow. After five years in the Department of Education, Sarah started teaching middle school in a charter school in the Bronx. She learned how to create a classroom culture that helped her students invest in their learning and how to use data to adjust her instruction. As a veteran teacher, she developed curriculum for her classroom and supported teachers on their educational journey. However, Sarah believed she could do more with more knowledge. Her next transition was from teaching to leadership. She earned a second Master’s in Mathematics & Leadership from Bank Street School of Education and has taken on various roles in education from Data Specialist to Instructional Coach and Assistant Principal. Sarah loved her work, but found herself further away from students—and what she enjoys most is working with teachers to create educational opportunities for students. Sarah came to Blue Engine because she believes in the mission and vision of a learning organization that believes in teachers. She is part of this movement to help teachers grow in their craft so that they can tap into the potential of their students.