Sarah Young

Fellowship Placement: National Science Foundation
Cohort: 2011-2012

Sarah Young provides leadership as Digital Teaching and Learning Coordinator with the Utah State Board of Education, and was previously the K-12 Science Specialist and the STEM Liaison for Utah. As the Coordinator for Digital Teaching and Learning, Sarah plans, develops, promotes, implements and evaluates programs in digital and personalized learning. She also coordinates with colleges, universities and other educational institutions to improve the pre-service and in-service education of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel. This includes administering state and federal grants, implementing and monitoring state and federal legislation, and providing technical support in the area of current research-based practices. Sarah is actively engaged in roles working with K-12 Computer Science for All, Open Education Resource Development, and Competency-based learning.

Prior to moving into this role, Sarah was an 8th grade physical science teacher from Rowland Hall Middle School in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Aside from her work in the classroom, Sarah was involved in the academic realm as an adjunct professor for Westminster College where she teaches their Masters students in secondary science methods and was also the Program Director for the Teacher Training Institute.

As an Einstein Fellow for 2011-2012, Sarah served in the National Science Foundation in the Office of International Science and Engineering where she was assigned to work with mentor Dr. Harold Stolberg. Aside from her work with programs, Sarah engaged in projects with the State Department, NASA, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the National Science Teachers Association.  Lessons from these and other experiences during the Fellowship, led Sarah to engage STEM stakeholders in Utah to investigate developing a statewide STEM network in Utah.  Working with partners in government, K-12, informal, and higher education, the STEM Action Center in Utah reached fruition fall 2012.