Educator & Info Manager at Next Step Adventure
Raised as an Iowa farm girl, Sara has a deep appreciation and respect for Iowa. Her favorite things include hiking, baking, reading, hot tea, Legos, and everyday adventures with her husband and children.
A good day for Sara is one when she learns something new. Her passion for education includes people of all ages, and she is innovative in her approach to involving learners in their progress.
Sara found a passion for people with disabilities when her second child was born with debilitating and eventually fatal, disabilities. Through that challenge she emerged an outspoken advocate for children and families.
Sara brings a strong background in science and teaching to the Next Step team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa with an Elementary and Middle Level Education Dual Major, and endorsements in science, literacy, and social studies.
She earned her Masters of Science in Education from Drake University with an Effective Teaching Major and a concentration in K-12 Talented and Gifted Education. When she taught in her own classroom, Sara sought out engaging, hands-on activities to spark students’ natural curiosity and sense of wonder.
Today, she develops and shares these resources with educators through coaching and newsletters, while motivating students (and her own young children) to “Be a scientist, and get into nature!”