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Sarah's work combines: Education, Government, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Director of State Policy and Innovation

I work to improve public education so that all students are prepared to live, learn, and work in the 21st Century.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Bucknell University

  • Graduate Degree

    Political Science and Government, General

    Bucknell University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Education Administrators, Postsecondary:

Graduate Degree: Public Policy Analysis, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I went to college without any idea why, it just felt like college was what I was supposed to do.

  • 2.

    I realized what I really loved was making art, being creative, and being around creative people.

  • 3.

    So I dropped out of college and traveled around making art.

  • 4.

    I got a job at an awesome arts nonprofit. I realized I could be an "artist" in any job.

  • 5.

    I decided to go back to college so I could be a leader in an arts nonprofit or work in arts policy.

  • 6.

    I rocked college the second time around, and was offered a place in a public policy grad program.

  • 7.

    I had an internship in DC with the National Endowment for the Arts researching arts education.

  • 8.

    In DC I got into ed reform, and got the job I have now - "creating" change in public schools.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You're a good artist and all, but you're too smart to just be an artist. You should go to college so you can get a real job.

  • How I responded:

    Here's a quote from Robert Henri, "When the Art Spirit is alive in any person, WHATEVER HIS KIND OF WORK MAY BE, he becomes a daring, searching creature... He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, opens new ways for understanding." Being an artist is at the core of who I am as a person, and it's my special gift I offer the world. Once I owned that, I became an artist-at-work in everything I do. Now I'm an artist dreaming up new solutions for the biggest problems facing public schools today.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I definitely rebelled from my parents and had a strained relationship with them for a long time. But I just followed my heart and showed them that I was going to make something of my life, bigger and better than anyone would've guessed.