Sarah Young, District 7
Sarah Young is a dedicated and accomplished education professional serving as the Chief of Staff to the State Superintendent for the Utah State Board of Education. Over the past decade, Sarah has played a pivotal role in shaping Utah’s education landscape, bringing her experience in government to represent District 7 on the Salt Lake City Council effectively. She was chosen to fill the District 7 vacancy in July 2023 and was elected to serve the remaining two-year term from 2024-2025.
Sarah Young’s extensive experience and expertise in education, combined with her passion for innovation and improvement, make her an exceptional representative for District 7. With a proven track record of successful leadership and a commitment to excellence in education, Sarah Young is ready to bring her talents to the City Council and positively impact the lives of Salt Lake City residents.
Throughout her career, Sarah has successfully secured and managed various grants and proposals. Notably, she served as the program lead for the $1 billion in COVID-19 relief funding for Utah’s K-12 education system, ensuring efficient and effective allocation of funds to support students, teachers, and schools during the pandemic. Sarah has also been involved in numerous grant projects, including serving as the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation grant focused on exploring the adaptation of national computer science resources in rural settings for grades 4-6.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder in Environmental, Population, and Organism Biology with an emphasis in Evolution. She later pursued her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Middle School Science Curriculum from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
Sarah began her professional journey in education by joining Rowland Hall Middle School in 2005, where she taught introductory physical science to eighth-grade students. Sarah also taught Science Methods courses for Westminster College’s Master of Arts and Teaching Program as an adjunct professor.
At the State Board of Education, Sarah has been instrumental in driving positive change and progress within Utah’s public schools. She has provided leadership to implement the agency’s strategic plan, ensuring the successful execution of strategic initiatives. Among her achievements, Sarah spearheaded the statewide Digital Teaching and Learning initiative, bringing cutting-edge educational technologies to Utah’s classrooms. Since 2012, Sarah has held several key roles, including K-12 Science Specialist, showcasing her adaptability and dedication to improving education. She served as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Specialist, the Digital Teaching and Learning Coordinator, and the Director of Strategic Initiatives before being appointed Chief of Staff in December 2021.
Sarah spends her free time walking around neighborhoods and parks with her husband, Mike, and son, Jake.