Sara Frahm was born and raised in West Bend, Wisconsin. She graduated from West Bend High School and did her undergraduate work in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received a MA from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989 in the department of Latin American Studies. The title of her thesis is, "The Cross and the Compass: Bringing Religious Tolerance to Mexico."
She has taught Spanish at the elementary, high school and college level. While in graduate school she presented papers in Brazil and at the University of Texas, Austin. After graduation, she presented papers at various conferences in the United States and Mexico. She has two published articles:
- "La cruz y el compás:
compromiso o conflicto?"
published in Secuencia, enero-abril de 1992, Mexico City
- The Cross and the Compass: Manifest Destiny, Religious Aspects of the Mexican-American War, Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 35.2 Fall 2001, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio