Parent, Stephenson Elementary
Sarah’s daughter, Mia, began using The Shadow Project in second grade for executive functioning.
“Her teacher taught her how to set a goal to work toward every month,” she said. “Setting a goal is very simple, but very effective, and has had a huge impact on Mia’s self-esteem because it helps kids take ownership of their work,” she said.
“With goal setting, Mia is able to see her progress. For her, verbal feedback isn’t enough, so the visual is really important. Having The Shadow Project, with their special education teacher partners, help bring these kind of life skills to kids, and to their general education teachers is super helpful.”
Sarah is the director of assessment and research, and assistant professor in the division of physician assistant education in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University. In that role, she focuses on student and program assessment and educational research, and coordinates the Community Outreach Project, which serves as the master’s capstone.
She has a bachelor of arts in English Literature from University of Puget Sound, a master of arts in teaching from Lewis and Clark College, a master of science in educational leadership and policy in postsecondary, adult, and continuing education from Portland State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Portland State University concentrated in higher education.
She is active at Stephenson, sitting on the School Site Council as a parent representative for the past three years. Sarah is vice president of the Stephenson School Foundation, and a former teacher advisory board member.
“The Shadow Project is wonderful because it’s educational,” said Sarah. “The kids learn math and money handling skills while they earn Shadow Bucks to then spend at the Shadow Store. Mia’s growth from the beginning to now is phenomenal, and The Shadow Project has played a part in that progress.”