Sarah Sugarman

Sarah Sugarman

Regional Director

Sarah brings her experience as a classroom teacher and her commitment to inquiry to her work with Mills Teacher Scholars. As a second- and third-grade teacher in East Oakland for six years, Sarah collaborated with colleagues in conducting regular cycles of inquiry to examine student work and improve instruction. As 2nd/3rd Grade Head Teacher at the Mills College Children’s School for four years, Sarah mentored pre-service teachers and participated in frequent 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 supports three groups of teacher scholars: the Social and Emotional Teacher Scholars, a cross-district group of Oakland teachers exploring the intersection of SEL and academic learning; the staff at Lorenzo Manor Elementary in San Lorenzo Unified serving a diverse population of more than 600 students; and the teachers at Rudsdale Continuation High School and Sojourner Truth Independent Study, a network of three sites serving OUSD’s continuation and independent study students. 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 Mills Teacher Scholars, focused on how metacognitive self-study can support ethical teaching in underserved communities.