Sara Lev - Lead Teacher - Transitional Kindergarden
Sara Lev is a founding teacher at CWC Mar Vista where she taught kindergarten for two years, and last year developed our first, stand-alone Transitional Kindergarten program. 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. In 2005, she began working at Wildwood Elementary School in the multi-age “Pods” (kindergarten through second grade) and enjoyed teaching there for 8 years.
Sara is also a certified yoga instructor for both adults and children. In 2016 she became a Yoga Ed. Trainer, and offers workshops for educators and health care professionals on how to bring the benefits of yoga to the children in their lives. She integrates the Yoga Ed. program into the TK curriculum, and strongly believes in the importance of Social Emotional Learning in the classroom. She is proud to work at CWC Mar Vista where this learning is valued and goes hand-in-hand with academic instruction. This year, Sara is thrilled to also serve as CWC’s Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator, as well as Inquiry Coach, where she supports and leads teachers in developing strong inquiry-based lessons and projects.
Sara is exceedingly proud to be a part of CWC Mar Vista as both a teacher and a parent, and is constantly inspired by the learning community of teachers, staff and families. In her free time, she practices yoga, sings and plays guitar, and loves camping with her husband and two sons, Zack and Chaplin, who are always teaching her.