Sara Beshawred, Kindergarten Teacher
Sara joined Capital City in August 2018. She received her Master of Teaching in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Sara has received extensive training in both Levels I and II of the Responsive Classroom approach, as well as a myriad of professional development: Columbia University's Teachers College Reading and Writing Institutes, Handwriting Without Tears, Fundations phonics, the Buck Institute for Education's Project-Based Learning 101, and EL Education's Primary Institute. She has also been trained in Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Council for Educators, which focuses on circle practices and restorative approaches to managing conflict.
This is Sara's twelfth year in education, and she has spent her time primarily in Kindergarten and second grade classrooms, as well as on school leadership teams. Prior to Capital City, Sara taught for eight years in Los Angeles, California at constructivist, diverse-by-design charter and independent schools with a focus on social-emotional learning, equity, and social justice. She began her teaching career three years prior at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School here in the District.
Sara is the recipient of the New Roads Vision and Values Award for her contributions to and transformation of the Elementary School program during her time at New Roads School in Los Angeles.
Sara is moderately proficient in spoken Amharic.
In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family. Her current hobbies include reading, researching innovative classroom ideas, perusing vintage fashion and furniture, and discovering new music. She also enjoys learning about technology and digital design, and connecting with other collaborative, creative, anti-bias educators.
Sara was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, where her parents settled after emigrating from Ethiopia. As a bilingual, first-generation immigrant, her worldview on the importance of education was shaped by the appreciation and value placed on equity, community, and perseverance from a young age.
Sara's educational philosophy is that all children thrive in joyful, challenging, and supportive classrooms where they are safe, seen, and celebrated. She believes emphatically that every child deserves the opportunity to learn in a synergetic ecosystem of passion, energy and engagement through inquiry and play.