Sara is an Educational Specialist at Turning Points. She provides reading and writing intervention and consultation for clients. Sara uses a variety of tools and programs in her work with students, including the Barton Reading and Spelling System and the Visualizing and Verbalizing (V&V) program. In addition, Sara can help support students with special writing projects such as college entrance essays, statements of purpose, cover letters and more. She can help students during any stage of the writing process, from higher order concerns such as brainstorming ideas, crafting thesis statements, and reorganizing paragraphs, to the final stage of the writing process like sentence-by-sentence editing and proofreading. Sara can help students gather the tools they need to improve their writing skills.
Sara has an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in theatre performance and English. She also has a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She earned a graduate certificate in advanced writing from UNO and has published work in academic journals. At UNO, Sara taught college writing courses for several years, working with students in a classroom setting and in a one-on-one environment to develop their writing, research, and critical thinking skills. She also worked as a consultant in UNO’s Writing Center, tutoring students, faculty, and staff throughout all stages of the writing process. Sara’s liberal arts background allows her to help students and adult learners write about a variety of topics in the social sciences. Before graduate school, Sara worked as a middle school educational assistant where she attended classes with students and helped them with classroom projects, tests, and behavior skills. Because of her years spent in the classroom, Sara has come to believe that building confidence in students is key to helping them succeed. She also believes that it’s important to be a lifelong learner both inside and outside of the classroom. Sara finds that sharing her excitement for learning with her students, encourages them to get excited about learning as well. Prior to moving to California in 2017, Sara was creative manager at a nonprofit in Omaha, Nebraska, where she developed curriculum and taught professional development workshops on the topic of organizational ethics. In addition to working at Turning Points, she has a full-time job at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University as a program coordinator.
In her free time, Sara enjoys exploring different parts of the Bay Area with her boyfriend and their new puppy. She also likes to read, bake, craft, eat really good food, and cheer on the Nebraska Cornhuskers!