As a Residency Coach with Project Inspire, Sarah works with the PI team to ensure that residents are able to maximize learning throughout the 14-month residency experience and that residents graduate ready to be a different kind of teacher from day one--one who will be a fierce advocate for equity, will believe that all students can thrive, and will promote an inclusive culture in the classroom and school-wide. Sarah works closely with school leaders to cultivate a culture of growth and coaching at host residency sites. She also supports program graduates, especially throughout their first 2 years of teaching.
Originally from East Tennessee, Sarah is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Early Childhood Education and an emphasis in Special Education. Prior to joining Project Inspire's Team, Sarah began her teaching career focusing on educational equity by joining the Match Teacher Residency in Boston. During her time in Boston she also received her master’s degree in effective teaching from The Sposato Graduate School of Education. Sarah taught for several years in a variety of educational settings devoted to empowering young people and training excellent teachers. Her students made significant gains in reading achievement through her use of data driven instruction. In addition to her work in the classroom, Sarah spent two years working for Partners in School Innovation in collaboration with The Philadelphia School District. There she worked with district leaders to support principals and coach teachers in order to build a strong core instructional program and an integrated system for professional learning.
Sarah is excited to be a part of the PEF and Project Inspire team and thrilled to be back home in Chattanooga. When she is not supporting in schools, Sarah enjoys the sounds of a great playlist, practicing yoga and exercising, and seeking adventures in the great outdoors with her husband and (very energetic) 3 year old daughter, Delaney.