Sarah Akhtar

Sarah is a Partner at Transcend focused on growing its network of innovators in education and increasing community engagement.  

She has been redesigning education since she created her own interdisciplinary major as an undergraduate at Amherst College and has continued to reexamine what teaching and learning look like in school settings ever since.

Sarah taught in public and independent schools across the country for over 10 years, including a pivotal time as a founding member of an award-winning EL Education school in Springfield, MA. From there, she went on to open 5 other schools and transformed practices in over 50 others in a variety of different roles: as a Chief Academic Officer of a charter network, as a school designer for EL Education, and in ed tech increasing LMS adoption.

When not working, you can find Sarah hiking or biking in the hills around her home in Seattle, WA with her husband and two kids, doing yoga, or attempting to pickle or ferment something new. 


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