My legal name is Sarah Jean Mayhak, formerly Taylor. I was born on August 11, 1989 in Merrill, Wisconsin at Good Samaritan Hospital. My parents, Robert Allen Taylor and Sandi Krahn Taylor continue to live in Merrill, Wisconsin. I am the youngest of two children, my older brother Ryan is five years my senior.
After attending High School at Merrill High, I went on to complete an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies and English Literature at The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. I then attended the University of Northern Iowa to obtain a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Following my graduate education, I worked as a Sales Training Manager for the Digital Marketing company hibu located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Due to an unforeseen corporate restructuring, my position was eliminated and I sought after work closer to home in Wisconsin. I then worked for a little over a year as a Corporate Trainer at the Educational Software provider, Renaissance Learning, where I met my husband Gideon Mayhak. While I enjoyed working in training, first as a Sales Trainer and then as a Corporate Trainer, I hoped for opportunities to work with college age students and that led me to my current job, teaching at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As an instructor, my primary focus is facilitating general education classes for first year students. Additionally, with a long standing history of competing and coaching in Forensics (competitive public speaking), I continue to coach with the James Madison University Speech Team.
After many years away from religious institutions, I found a safe space to place my trust in God at Journey Church in Merrill, Wisconsin. Today, I am happily home at Faith Community Church in Harrisonburg. I believe in advocacy and representation for the oppressed and marginalized and I feel there is no better example of love, compassion, service, and humility than that of Jesus Christ.
When I am not teaching or coaching speech, I am an Aunt to three incredible nephews back home in Wisconsin. When I'm not sneaking back to the great state of Wisconsin to spend time with them and the rest of the family, I love to spend time practicing yoga, watching Fixer Upper, baking and cooking, listening to music with my hubby, and venturing to the Shenandoah Valley's many craft breweries and wineries.
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved"—(Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV)