About Sara


Sara Gilliam has dedicated her professional life to education, activism and writing. She’s at her happiest working at the nexus of these three passions.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and former Fulbright Scholar, Sara swore she would never look back after taking her final undergraduate exam. Eventually, however, she fell so in love with perpetual studentdom that she kept uprooting her life to return to academia, first for a master’s in creative nonfiction writing from George Mason University, then for a master’s in education from Doane University. In the spaces between, Sara has been a middle school English teacher, a laboratory manager for a literacy lab, a news writer, communications manager and unpaid dog walker. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Exchange, a leading magazine for early childhood professionals, through which she has developed a passion for child development, teaching and heart-centered leadership.

Sara also serves on the board of directors of an international refugee relief organization called Carry the Future. Through this work she regularly travels overseas as a humanitarian volunteer, visiting refugee camps in Greece and Jordan, and in particular supporting mothers and babies with essential items and well-deserved TLC. Supporting refugee families on their journey to safety has been one of the greatest privileges—and joys— of her life.

Sara lives in Ontario with her husband, two sons and one highly destructive rescue Rottweiler.