Sara has taught in public, private and charter school settings since 2005, where she has also held a variety of leadership roles supporting teachers with social and emotional learning and Project Based Learning. She earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in New York City and is the co-author (with PBLWorks National Faculty members Amanda Clark and Erin Starkey) of the book, Implementing Project Based Learning in Early Childhood: Overcoming Misconceptions and Reaching Success (Routledge, 2020).
Sara was a founding teacher at Citizens of the World Charter School (Mar Vista) in Los Angeles where she was instrumental in the development of the school’s kindergarten program. She also designed the network’s first stand-alone Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program and taught TK for three years. Sara is currently teaching the first TK program at Larchmont Charter School in Los Angeles, as well as supporting school leaders and teachers TK-12 in PBL.
Originally from Rockville, Maryland, Sara moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Rochester and worked as an actor and American Sign Language Interpreter. After performing in many educational theatre productions, including touring and leading workshops with the National Theatre of the Deaf, she learned about Bank Street College of Education, and became inspired by the model of progressive education and constructivism. Upon graduation from Bank Street, she and her husband Alek escaped the New York winters and moved to Los Angeles.
Sara is also certified yoga instructor and Yoga Ed. trainer, and offers workshops for educators and health care workers on how to bring the benefits of yoga to the children in their lives. She is passionate about the integration of Project Based Learning and social and emotional learning, and believes this is especially important when working with our youngest students. PBL empowers young children to think critically and direct their own learning, and to build meaningful connections, skills and relationships within diverse communities.