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Sara Kremer Larsen, Ph.D., Grad ’97

Sara Kremer LarsenSara Kremer Larsen says being a Marquette student made one thing apparent: You were important to everyone.

That, in turn, was important to her as she worked full time in the East Troy (Wis.) Community School District, raised three daughters and studied for her doctoral degree in education.

“I have never felt more supported,” she says. “Marquette was competitive, but they also had a very high completion rate.”

From the beginning of her program, Sara felt a sense of intimacy with her professors and fellow students.

“The interaction in graduate school was key to my experience. I developed what colleges today call a ‘cohort group,’ a number of students who worked with each other on a regular, supportive basis,” she says. “We formed our own study group, went through qualifying exams together and became very close.”

What united that group was the university’s true sense of mission, something “you lived and breathed,” Sara says.

That spirit guides Sara’s work today as the district superintendent of the Oak Creek-Franklin (Wis.) Joint School District. She also is doing post-doctorate work in educational leadership and policy at Marquette and has taught many graduate classes on campus, as well as at Milwaukee’s Cardinal Stritch University. She participated in a program in China to learn about the language and culture and a Fulbright program in Germany to learn about the country’s education and emphasis on global literacy.

Sara’s lifelong ambition is to empower others, part of a belief structure she says that came from Marquette.

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