Sarah earned a B.A degree in Political Science with a minor in economics at Gettysburg College. She assumed a variety of leadership roles while at Gettysburg and received a number of academic honors, including admission into Phi Beta Kappa and the top award for her Political Science Honors Thesis. Her undergraduate studies sparked an interest in social inequality and inspired her to become a Teach for America corps member after graduation. As a member of TFA, Sarah taught high school social studies at Friendship Collegiate Academy (FCA), a charter school in Washington D.C. Sarah's experience teaching in an urban setting was personally and professionally transformative. Like many of her fellow students in the MSU Education Policy program, her aim is to give all students the same educational opportunites by gaining a better understanding of the U.S. education system. This is a sentiment that grew directly from the gross inequities she was exposed to as an inner-city teacher. As a recipient of the University Fellowship at MSU, Sarah is looking forward to belonging to a scholarly community that continues to inform and motivate her academic and practical goals. Her research interests include charter school and school choice issues and the politics of education.