Sara Lev is a founding teacher at Citizens of the World Charter School in Los Angeles where she currently teaches Transitional Kindergarten. She has been a member of the school’s leadership team since the founding year of the school, and in this role, supports teachers in grades TK-5 in PBL and Social Emotional Learning, designing and facilitating staff professional development and parent education in Project Based Learning as well as Social Emotional Learning.
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. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education 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 Emotional Learning, and believes this is especially important when working with our youngest students. Sara believes PBL empowers young children to think critically and direct their own learning, and to build meaningful connections, skills and relationships within diverse communities.