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9th grade Humanities High Tech High Chula Vista
Sara Islas is a 9th grade humanities teacher at High Tech High Chula Vista. First and foremost, she is committed to providing the most equitable and transformative learning environments to her students by creating a safe, joy-filled community, soliciting feedback from her students, and seeking to find the brilliance each one of them has to offer. In her classroom, she loves helping students explore the nuances of government and civics and how it relates to their lives. She also loves introducing students to literature from around the world. She is passionate about making the classroom a social, energetic, and happy place through simulations, transformative experiences, fiery discussions, deeply exploring content from many perspectives, building social and emotional skills, and authentic projects. One of her favorite projects is called Survive to Thrive, a integrated project with physics where her students create a mini-series about how they would recreate the world after an apocalypse and show it in a public movie theatre. Sara is proud alumni of High Tech High's graduating class of 2008. She earned a bachelor of arts from UC Davis in 2012, majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing and minoring in history and journalism. She worked as a journalist throughout college for the California Aggie Newspaper and the Sacramento Press. She got her teaching credential from UC Davis and student taught in Sacramento and Woodland, and then returned to High Tech High, happy to be rejoined with innovative and caring educators. Sara received her masters in Teacher Leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Now, she is co-teaching Equity, Diversity, and Design Principles (HTH 205), serving as a School Improvement Induction Mentor, and advising current graduate students on their master's projects.