Sarah Gil

Sarah Gil

Educational Philosophy

Sarah came to City-As with experience teaching Humanities, English and Social Studies; working with English Language Learners; mentoring teachers and facilitating professional development experiences.  At City-As, Sarah is teaching Social Studies.  


In the classroom she enjoys seeing students engaged in different activities at the same time; some students teaching one another what they are learning about an aspect of globalization while others write poetry, and others ask one another, “How do you know?”  One of her students once made a two a hour trip in the snow to retrieve his tabla from the Indian restaurant he plays in at night so he could accompany his class when they rehearsed a collaborative poem. She also enjoys the energy of teachers abuzz in groups giving one another feedback so their lessons create as much intellectual spoken exchange as is happening in that very room.  For Sarah, these are the examples of collaboration, student centered work and teachers practicing what they ask their students to do, that foster learning.


Sarah has had the privilege of witnessing these scenes and others like them in her time at Consortium schools.  They are authentic objectives and assessments that, beyond making true learning communities, also illustrate that how we treat one another is an integral part of the curriculum.   She feels educators need to reject deficit models; leverage strengths; celebrate creativity; make choices transparent; underscore that there is a moral compass; model self regulation and revision; and collectively synthesize understandings to make teaching communities places where learning is owned by all.


She is excited to be a part of City-As because it is a place where this happens by design and because the members of the entire community are the most diverse she has seen in her career.



Economics: Mine, Yours, Ours? – a course supporting a portfolio research papers considering which economic system is most fair, or another question addressing economic systems and fairness.  Projects can be turned into portfolio papers.


Globalization – a course centering on considering how we can be responsible citizens of a globalized world. Project topics include the impact of global culture on local culture, labor laws in places where American companies outsource work, the environment and censorship of social media.  Projects can be turned into portfolio papers.



Sarah is a New Yorker of Colombian descent. Queens born, she lived the first five years of her life in Bogotà before returning to the US.  She could have been seen doing layups at the Queensview basketball courts in Astoria. She learned to latin dance in her high school Folk/Square/Ballroom Dance class and sharpened her salsa skills while in college. The closest people to her are her husband, daughter and mother. She currently lives in Brooklyn.


In high school, her favorite class was Political Theory and Philosophy, which inspired her to major in Political Science at Columbia University as an undergraduate.  After working for a Council Member and a non-profit providing after school programs in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, she joined the teaching ranks, obtained her teaching credentials at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education and studied school leadership at New England College.


One of Sarah’s favorite books is The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh because it provides a picture of how the World Wars were experienced by people living in South and Southeast Asia and she finds the book’s rich, descriptive detail of the lives of the Burmese main character’s descendants deeply satisfying.


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