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Sarah Sugarman

Regional Director

Sarah believes in the power of learning communities that honor teachers’ professionalism, where colleagues supportively challenge each other to hone their practice in service of equitable outcomes for students. She directs the local partnership work at Lead by Learning, supporting numerous groups of teacher scholars and school leaders across the Bay Area to enact their visions for adult learning in service of their goals for students. Previously, Sarah taught second and third grade in East Oakland and then at the Mills College Children’s School. Throughout her teaching career she collaborated with colleagues in conductive regular cycles of inquiry to examine student work and improve instruction. She also mentored pre-service teachers and participated in teacher-led inquiry projects, including collaborations with the Mills College Lesson Study Group and a partnership with Japanese math educators from Global Education Resources. Sarah received her B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University and her M.A. in Education from Mills College. Her masters research, supported by Lead by Learning, focused on how metacognitive self-study can support ethical teaching in underserved communities.