Sarah Shepherd  BA (Hons) PGCE MA

Sarah Shepherd BA (Hons) PGCE MA

Education Quality Manager

Sarah began her career in education as a qualified primary class teacher in Blackburn, UK where she taught Year 1, 5 & 6. It was during those years that she first taught Jolly Phonics. After five years of teaching, Sarah lived and worked in The Gambia, West Africa, as a VSO volunteer where she trained teachers and school administrators in early years literacy (with a particular focus on synthetic phonics), large class engagement and management, and whole school development.

Prior to joining the team at Universal Learning Solutions, Sarah was an assistant principal in a large inner city primary charter school in New York, U.S. that worked predominantly with low-income families. During her 7 years working in the charter school system Sarah coached and trained thousands of teachers in early years literacy, maths, formal assessments and behavior management.

Sarah also has a masters degree in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education, University of London.

At Universal Learning Solutions, Sarah is developing teaching and learning materials, supporting various pilot studies and keeping up to date with research on best practices in Literacy teaching. She is also ensuring that ULS’s collaboration with various development partners is strong and productive. In addition, Sarah supports two programmes in Abuja FCT and Nasarawa Nigeria that improve children’s literacy skills through the teaching of Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar. Sarah enjoys mentoring and advising various education partners at the Ministry of Education and local Nigerian universities on teacher training methods, teacher capacity building, project management, report writing, and student assessment.