Sarah Lenhoff
Assistant Professor


  • Assessment
  • Charter schools
  • School reform
  • Teacher quality

Sarah Winchell Lenhoff is an assistant professor in educational leadership and policy studies at the Wayne State University College of Education. Previously, she was the director of policy and research at The Education Trust–Midwest, a nonprofit focused on closing achievement and opportunity gaps in Michigan’s public schools. In her research career, Lenhoff’s mixed-methods work has focused on teacher evaluation, instructional improvement, school reform and civic education. She has authored or co-authored many policy reports, book chapters and several journal articles, including in the American Educational Research Journal and Educational Policy. Lenhoff began her career as a middle school teacher in New York City public schools. In addition, she has worked as a research analyst and policy interviewer for TNTP and as a graduate instructor in Michigan State University’s teacher preparation program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in teaching from Pace University, and a doctorate in educational policy from Michigan State University. Lenhoff grew up in Kansas but is now a proud Detroit resident.