Sarah Bergquist‘s family came to Whidbey in 1904, so she grew up here and graduated from South Whidbey High School. From the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, she earned a BS in Biology, and from Western Governors University, she earned an MS in Secondary Education and Teaching. After years as an educator in Alaska, she returned to Whidbey Island and in 2013 began her career with Washington State Extension as Coordinator of 4H Clubs of Island County.
Under Sarah’s leadership, the focus on animal husbandry was extended to include video production, environmental studies, computer sciences, and civics (understanding government and public processes). A few years later, Sarah became the Educator and Coordinator of the WSU Extension Waste Wise program. In this role, she developed new programs such as the “Cord and Light Drive” (collecting electrical cords, phone cords, ear-bud wires, and holiday lights to recycle the wiring therein). She organized the development of “Reuse and Share” kiosks, beginning at state parks on Camano. She works extensively with various ages in public schools in recycling, composting, and natural resource stewardship. She continues to promote Island County environmental stewardship using the same innovative vision and implementation. In 2021, she joined forces with Derik Hojiko and Joan Green, SWS Class of 2021, to support the educational pillar of rePurpose. In the summer of 2022, Sarah was named Interim Director of WSU-Extension Island County when Tim Lawrence retired, a position she currently still holds.