Sarah is a Mid-West native who is passionate about learning and teaching. Sarah received her BME from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, her MME from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota) and completed her Ph.D from Arizona State University. She has taught for 14 years in public schools. She spent 11 years teaching middle school band as well as jazz band, percussion ensemble, marching band, and general music classes. She currently teaches a variety of music classes at Minneapolis South High School-a very large and diverse school in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sarah is in the process of developing as many classes as possible to create multiple access points for students at South to experience music education. Sarah is also the Gender and Sexuality advisor at South High School.
Sarah's dissertation, "Do I really want to do this now?" Negotiations of Sexual Identity and Professional Identity: An Intergenerational Collaboration with Six Gay and Lesbian K-12 Music Educators" explores how lesbian and gay music educators navigate the complexities of their sexuality within a school setting. Participants in the study span 40 years in age difference, which may lend to engaging discussion for the conversation in the ways in which we have evolved and the ways in which we must still look forward.
Sarah has presented her research at local and national venues, including the National Association for Music Education Research Conference, the Feminist Theory and Music Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, and the New Directions Conference. Additionally, Sarah is in demand as a guest presenter to undergraduate music education classes as well as graduate classes to share her experiences as a teacher.