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Winchell Lenhoff, Sarah

Sarah Winchell Lenhoff began the Educational Policy program in Fall 2007. She most recently lived in New York City where she was a middle school English teacher in Brooklyn (as part of Teach for America) and a coordinator of a high school enrichment program. Sarah has a B.A. in English and Women's Studies from the University of Georgia and a M.S. in Teaching from Pace University in New York City. Sarah's mixed-methods work has focused on teacher evaluation, instructional improvement, school reform and civic education. She co-authored a chapter on assessing teachers for tenure in the 2010 book Teacher Assessment and the Quest for Teacher Quality. Lenhoff is currently writing her dissertation, which focuses on the adoption and implementation of externally-sponsored instructional reforms in Michigan.

Sarah has worked as a research analyst and policy interviewer for The New Teacher Project and as a graduate instructor in MSU's teacher preparation program. She is now the assistant director of policy and research at The Education Trust - Midwest. She has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the MSU's Hinman Graduate Fellowship, and honors from the American Education Finance Association (AEFA) and the University Council for Educational Administration. Sarah has been the recipient of two College of Education Summer Research Fellowships and was supported in her doctoral work with a Dean's Scholar Award. She also served as an intern in the Michigan Department of Education's Office of Professional Preparation, where she worked on a teacher preparation standards alignment project. Sarah grew up in Kansas but is now a proud Detroit city resident.