My favorite childhood book that I read over (and over and over and over) was: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. The illustrations are beautiful and I was so excited every time Sylvester turned back into a donkey at the end of the book! Also, the idea of finding a magic pebble loomed large in my imagination as an eventual possibility.
My hope for Oakland students is: That they feel loved and supported; that they love school and have opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive at every age.
Sara joined the Rogers Family Foundation in July 2016 as the Foundation’s Program Officer for Quality Schools. In this role, Sara leads the Foundation’s strategic initiative to create the conditions for adding 10,000 new quality school seats for Oakland Public Schools by 2020.
Sara brings over 15 years of experience as a public education reformer and nonprofit leader. She previously worked with New York City Leadership Academy (NYCLA) where she consulted nationally and internationally with superintendents and central office leaders to transform their local education systems. Prior to working with NYCLA, Sara was Program Director at Worldfund, where she designed and launched a leadership development program for public school principals in Mexico. Sara also spent three years as Director of Raising a Reader Alameda County, an early childhood literacy program. During this time, she participated in the early formation of the Oakland Literacy Coalition. Sara has lived in Mexico and Spain and speaks Spanish. Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and also earned her Master of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University. Sara lives in Oakland.
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