“A fellowship program trains aspiring professionals for the careers they seek. The Surge movement goes beyond, seeking to change the face of leadership in education. Rather than simply being a program where individuals can work on their personal professional goals, the Surge Fellowship is creating a network where people of color can learn together, connect with one another, and go into the world of education leadership with a mindset focused on equity and diversity. I care deeply about the well-being and future of my community and am eager to apply my diverse background in education, family and teacher engagement, and non-profit administration to impact early education on a macro-level. The Surge Fellowship will provide the peer support, guidance, and education necessary to be effective in a landscape in which few leaders reflect the populations they serve.
Sara Rizik-Baer believes in the power of children’s books to foster critical thinking and the life-long pursuit of knowledge. Sara serves as Director of Programs at Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, a Bay Area non-profit dedicated to the pursuit of an equitable and just society where all children enter school ready to succeed. Sara’s holistic view of the urban education landscape is informed by the multiple roles she has assumed in the field as a family literacy specialist, literacy coach, and bilingual teacher. Sara holds a Master’s of Language and Literacy from Harvard University and a BA in Comparative Literature and Spanish from Oberlin College.