Reaching Higher NH welcomes three new team members as we kick off 2020. Charlie Toulmin joins us as Reaching Higher’s Interim Executive Director, and will lead the organization through the next several months. Sarah Robinson, who joined our team in January, serves as our Senior Project Manager and provides us with the essential management supports to advance our education policy and community engagement initiatives. Sarah Earle joins us as our Storyteller, and will be bringing our education funding work to life through community-level stories.
Charlie Toulmin, Interim Executive Director
Charlie was most recently the Policy Director of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest education foundation in New England. Charlie is a highly accomplished K-12 education policy leader who brings 30 years of national and state-level policy work to the position.
Prior to his near 12 years of leadership at Nellie Mae, Charlie served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Division of the Center for Best Practices at the National Governor’s Association (NGA), leading the Center’s efforts to offer policy recommendations and technical assistance to governors and their staff on how to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for all students as a key component of innovative state economies. Charlie has also held roles including Deputy Director of Charter Schools for the Massachusetts Department of Education and School Finance Analyst for the Wisconsin State Legislature. Charlie holds a B.A. in history from Harvard University, a M.A. in public policy from the University of Michigan, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Reaching Higher NH is currently searching for our next exceptional Executive Director, who will be responsible for the overall leadership, management, and strategic direction of our organization. Learn more about the position here.
Sarah Robinson, Senior Project Manager
Sarah brings with her a diverse background, rooted in community engagement and organizing. She is one of the founders of Concord’s chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a member of the Concord PRIDE board of directors, and an enthusiastic ambassador for life in the Capital City. Sarah is a proud wife, and mother of two brilliant young kiddos. She is thrilled to be part of the Reaching Higher NH team.
Sarah Earle, Storyteller
A New Hampshire native, Sarah has explored practically every corner of the state as a journalist, educator and outdoor enthusiast. She currently works as a staff writer for the Valley News in Lebanon, where she focuses primarily on education and especially enjoys telling the stories of schools that are taking bold approaches to tough problems. Sarah has her master’s degree in education and teaches journalism for Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education. She has been telling stories almost her whole life and is excited to help the Reaching Higher NH team find stories that illustrate the challenges faced by school communities around New Hampshire. She lives in Concord with her teenage daughter and can be found running the streets of the capital city in all kinds of weather.
Join us in welcoming them to the Reaching Higher NH team. We are thrilled to have them on board!