Sarah Elizabeth Ippel
Sarah Elizabeth Ippel has dedicated her life to early childhood education. Prior to pursuing her vision for the Academy for Global Citizenship, she acted as Principal of Cambridge Educational Associates, an educational consulting company founded with a focus on developing customized and integrated auxiliary curriculum and parental guidance for children with academic related challenges. Throughout her career, Sarah Elizabeth has traveled to 77 different countries across 6 continents, extensively examining educational philosophies and world languages as well as creating international alliances that have contributed to the design and culture of the Academy for Global Citizenship. In addition to studying the application of the International Baccalaureate approach in various cultural contexts across the globe, her most recent initiatives have been the development and implementation of globally cooperative literacy programs for orphan children in northern Tanzania. As current Vice President of Education on the governing board of the United Nations Association, Sarah Elizabeth is committed to fostering implementation of The Growing Connection, a globally collaborative organic gardening initiative established to cross-culturally connect children and educators. She also serves on the United States Green Building Council Green Schools Advocacy Committee for the Chicago Chapter, Chicago Public Schools Environmental Action Plan Taskforce, and the Steering Committee for Climate Cycle. Sarah Elizabeth's additional leadership and civic contributions have included executive board memberships with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recognizing Mayor Daley's revolutionary Renaissance 2010 initiative in a time of escalating global interdependence, Sarah Elizabeth feels passionately about creating a learning environment where children develop the insight, intellect and compassion necessary to actively impact their global communities. She fervently believes that a comprehensive integration of sustainability principles is a critical component to embracing our roles as world citizens and has been a leader in modeling school-wide environmental initiatives. As Founder and Executive Director of the Academy for Global Citizenship, Sarah Elizabeth deems that the future belongs to these empowered global citizens who understand the languages, histories, cultures and dreams of all humanity.