Sarah is a senior research analyst in the education area at Child Trends. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with an MA in Education Policy and specialization in Data Analysis and Research Methods. She has experience conducting both quantitative and qualitative research. During her time in school, Sarah worked as a graduate consultant and a research assistant at the Columbia Law School, evaluating networks of schools which aimed to increase high school graduation rates, an education initiative funded by the Gates Foundation. Sarah also spent three semesters working as a guided study group leader in microeconomics, providing peer-tutoring services in groups at the college-level while pursuing her BS in Economics. Her primary research interest is in improving academic and career readiness, leading to improved post-secondary access and success. She is also excited to expand her research interests and learn more about different facets of youth development and how it affects children’s learning and their life outcomes.