Sarah Johnson


Teaching Lab

Sarah is the CEO of Teaching Lab, a national non-profit organization with a mission to fundamentally shift the paradigm of teacher professional learning for educational equity. Recently, Teaching Lab launched an innovation studio focused on building the future of teaching and learning by creating AI-powered products and tools. Sarah joined Teaching Lab in 2018 from the Overdeck Family Foundation, where she created and managed the Exceptional Educators Portfolio, a set of investments focused on improving teaching and learning nationwide. Sarah also held leadership roles at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), working directly with the Deputy Chancellor of Teaching and Learning, helping to manage a strategy for a 600-person division, implementing a continuous improvement strategy across 1000 schools, as well as overseeing policy for the city’s teacher development and evaluation system serving over 70,000 teachers. Before her work at the NYCDOE, she was a high school science teacher and founder of a social justice student leadership program in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA. Sarah has a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate school of education where she studied systems-level leadership. She earned her M.A.T. from American University, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Emory University.