As Ed Specialist Program Manager for High Tech High Charter Schools Sarah supports Inclusion and Special Education programs across the sixteen High Tech High schools and works with the High Tech High Teacher Center to implement professional development, coursework, and mentorship for new Ed Specialist teachers.
Sarah joined High Tech High in 2007 and has enjoyed working as both a classroom humanities teacher and an Ed Specialist at the K–12 level. Sarah has spent her career looking at school cultural practices that create opportunities for diverse learners to engage in classrooms together. She is particularly interested in recent disability rights movements that herald Neurodiversity and enjoys unpacking this passion with graduate students in the courses she teaches for new ed specialist and classroom teachers.
Sarah’s work has been informed by the Fulbright–Hays grant she was awarded to study diversity in education in Brazil; specifically, the inequitable systems that historically have marginalized indigenous and Afro-Brazilian communities as well as the semester she spent in Northern Uganda where she participated in a teacher exchange program while supporting educational practices that integrated students who had experienced trauma and disability into the classroom and community. Sarah maintains a multiple subject teaching credential, a single subject English credential, as well as her special education (ed specialist) credential with Autism authorization. She holds a Masters of Arts in Special Education.