I believe that data is truly for everyone; every stakeholder deserves to have access to high quality data to make the most informed decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
As a senior associate, Sarah focuses on helping leaders and advocates at the state and federal levels ensure that teachers, families, and students have access to the data they need to successfully navigate the education and workforce landscapes.
Prior to joining DQC, Sarah worked as a Teach for America Capitol Hill Fellow for Rep. David Trone (D-MD) where she primarily managed education policy while supporting criminal justice, mental health, civil rights, and patient advocacy policy areas. In this role, she planned and coordinated the introduction of legislation and facilitated meetings with constituents and interest groups. In addition, Sarah has worked as an education consultant supporting school districts and nonprofits in their strategic planning, research, and policy initiatives. Before starting her work as a consultant, Sarah was a middle school literacy specialist and founding school team member.
Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology, law and society from George Mason University and earned a master’s of education, concentrating in education policy and leadership, from American University. She lives in Woodbridge, Virginia with her husband and their two children. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and binge watching new tv shows.
Why do you do this work? I do this work for my kids, both my own and the many children I was fortunate enough to teach over the years.
Tell us a data use story that you love. While teaching, we realized many of our middle school students did not fully understand the concept of a GPA upon starting high school. Once we introduced the concept, my students quickly became so invested in their progress that they would ask for their updated grades on a daily basis after completing every assignment.
What’s your superpower? I’ve been called a human jukebox because a song is almost always playing in my head, and I tend to quickly identify songs within the first few seconds of hearing them.