Sarah grew up in Seattle, WA and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language. In 2016, Sarah moved to Arkansas to serve with FoodCorps at Conway Public Schools, where her passion of working with students in nontraditional educational settings, engaging with farmers, growing school gardens, and leveraging systems to create sustainable farm to school programs blossomed. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching at Trinity University in San Antonio in 2019 and moved back to Arkansas to be a lead teacher at Ferncliff Nature School, a nature-based preschool in Little Rock.
Sarah then became the state’s first Farm to School and Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. She directed and managed the Department’s school garden, education, and local procurement activities which included farm to school technical assistance, programs, grants, contests, trainings, resources, reports, marketing, and communication. Some of the highlights included expanding the number of staff members focused on farm to school projects and building the Arkansas School Garden Grant Program, Arkansas Taste Test Grant Program, Harvest of the Season Promotional Program, and Arkansas Farm to School Institute.
Sarah loves how transformational school gardens can be and brings a wealth of experience teaching students in preschool to high school in Washington, Arkansas, and Texas. She even taught English in Pasto, Colombia to college students and teachers.
Sarah currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas and loves to travel, eat local food, spend time in gardens, and is in the process of building a tiny house!