My favorite childhood book that I read over (and over and over and over) was: In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord because I loved finding commonalities between myself and a little girl whose life was so different from mine.
My hope for Oakland students is: that they feel loved, empowered, and supported in lifelong learning.
Sarah joined the Rogers Family Foundation in June 2017 as the Literacy Fellow. Sarah works with the Oakland Literacy Coalition and the Oakland Unified School District to build a comprehensive literacy dashboard, LitMap, that focuses on mapping Pre-K and elementary literacy services within Oakland. Sarah grew up in the small town of St. George, Virginia and spent her adolescence in both Pennsylvania and Georgia. After high school, Sarah spent a year of service with Americorps Corporation for National and Community Service, traveling the Southwest and volunteering with a number of community organizations.
Prior to joining the Rogers Family Foundation, Sarah’s experience included serving as a team leader with Jumpstart during her senior year at San Francisco State University where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in LGBTQ Studies. Sarah then went on to teach kindergarten and fifth grade at Nystrom Elementary School in Richmond, CA through Teach for America. After completing her Masters in Urban Education with a concentration in Policy and Administration, Sarah worked for the Mindful Life Project as a mindfulness instructor in Title I elementary schools in Richmond and became a part-time faculty member with Loyola Marymount University.
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