Sarah Gzesh

Educator

Sarah Gzesh hails from Philadelphia, where she graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College.  She double-majored in English and History of Art, with concentrations in Gender Studies and Postcolonial Theory.  She completed graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, and received her teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University.  Sarah is a TeachforAmerica alumna, and currently teaches at a small charter high school that prepares traditionally underserved students for success in and beyond college. She teaches college preparatory English for 10th grade, as well as a self-designed course entitled Global Citizenship, which uses a research-based inquiry model to examine issues of identity, violence and healing, gender and racial equity, and other social justice concerns, so as to empower students to advocate for change.  Sarah also works with the American Teenager Project, which — through ethnographic portrait photography — seeks to combat social division among youth, cultivate empathy towards the struggles of adolescence, and foster young people to identify their commonalities and forge alliances across differences.  Sarah is also piloting a Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity initiative through Mindful Schools, facilitating leadership by training students as both practitioners and ambassadors of meditation and mindfulness practices.  Sarah has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship Fellowship, Civic Engagement Praxis Grant, the Katharine Hepburn Center CARE Conference Ambassadorship and Summer Fellowship, Harry C. Trexler Art Foundation Scholarship, and the New Linkages Miller Fellowship.  Sarah has also taught in Bangladesh, Israel and the West Bank, and in transitional housing facilities, wherein she particularly focused on using trauma-informed and arts-related curricula to ameliorate trauma.