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Sarah Nichols

Political Science & Justice Studies, 2010 

MA Teaching, Marian University, 2012


Director, Project Transformation & Young Adult Mission & Service (Oklahoma United Methodist Church)

Sarah Nichols          

Briefly describe your career path.

After I graduated from OCU, I joined Teach For America as a corps member. I taught 7th-12th grade Social Studies for two years in Indianapolis. After teaching I joined the Teach For America staff in Alabama as a Manager of Teacher Leadership and Development.

I moved back to Oklahoma in 2013 as a volunteer manager for the Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response efforts in Moore.

In early 2014 I accepted the Director of Young Adult Mission & Service position with the Oklahoma United Methodist Church (which includes being the Executive Director of Project Transformation Oklahoma).

Describe what an average day looks like.

Most of my days include connecting with partners in my work, fundraising through grant writing and special projects, and working with my staff to plan for and develop Project Transformation.

What advice would you give your college self about pursuing work in your current industry? 

Practice creating a time management system that works for you and gives you time to be healthy.

Learn as much as you can about non-profit finances and fundraising- it'll make life a lot easier later.

Practice creating a time management system that works for you and gives you time to be healthy.

What is a lesson learned at OKCU that you have been able to apply to your career?

Leadership skills learned through participation in school organizations and higher-level coursework definitely helped prepare me to be a teacher, manager, and developer of people.

What is the most significant thing that’s happened to you since graduating? 

Besides meeting and marrying my awesome husband, becoming a teacher has been the most significant event of my life so far. Teaching developed me as a young adult, professional, and citizen in too many ways to number. I know I wouldn't be half as equipped for the work I do now if I hadn't been a teacher.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I'd like to return to something like teaching while using the skills I've developed as a non-profit director. Perhaps a professor or consultant.

And I'll definitely be a mom.

What is your favorite OKCU memory?

One of my women's studies courses introduced me to two of my best friends, Monica and Caitlin. That class, and the friendships that blossomed within it, made me a more observant and active advocate for equality in all spaces.