Sarah Thurlow is a native of Jacksonville, and she has served public education for 16 years. She has documented experience and success in evaluating and selecting curriculum, providing relevant professional development, fundraising, recruiting and retention for diverse programs, school operations, emergency management, and all aspects of instructional leadership. She previously taught high school chemistry for 8 years before beginning her work in administration. She has served as Dean of Students, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Director of Education for other schools before joining the San Jose Schools family. She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in chemistry and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of North Florida. Her previous experience was in schools with strong rigor and college preparatory coursework. She has a passion for teaching and learning and an understanding that building relationships with all stakeholders is the framework of highly effective leadership.