Sarah received a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from the University of Illinois in 1995. Following graduation, she started her career as assistant director of development in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) with responsibility for coordinating the College's annual giving program. In 1998, she became director of alumni relations for the College of ACES and was responsible for administering and managing the College's alumni programs. She received a master of education focusing on higher education administration in 2000. After spending over 11 years in the College's Office of Advancement, she stepped away in 2006 to be at home with their children.
Sarah was raised in Logan County and graduated from Mt. Pulaski High School. She and her husband, Jeremy, have lived in the district since 2007. They are the parents of three children, Mary Grace, William, and Rachel.
Sarah serves on the Board of Directors for the Kirby Foundation. She teaches Sunday School and also volunteers within her children's schools.