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Sara-Jean Lipmen, Ed.D.


Dr. Sara-Jean Lipmen, or “SJ,”  believes in student-led education, where students are encouraged to use their own experiences and realities to create a learning environment in which everyone is valued, knowledge and skills are co-created, and students work towards a more just and equitable future for all. Dr. Lipmen is a bilingual education leader, advocate, and native Los Angeleno, with roots in Mexico and Guatemala. Her diverse background includes global success in supporting young people from various socio-economic backgrounds in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., rural China, London, Jerusalem, and Mexico City, where she has served in both informal and formal education settings in progressive leadership roles. She also has in-depth training in group dynamics in the Tavistock tradition, which she has taught and applied to work with adults and teens. Dr. Lipmen currently provides newcomer instructional coaching in Los Angeles for high school teachers and educators of recent immigrant students.


In 2005, Dr. Lipmen received U.S. Congressional Recognition for Excellence in Student Teaching, and in 2008, was recognized with the Masuot Award for most innovative youth work in the U.K. Sara-Jean earned a B.A. in educational understanding of religion & government from the American University in Washington DC, an M.A. in education and teaching credentials in secondary education history, secondary education Spanish, elementary school, and BCLAD from Pepperdine University, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership with a focus on teacher education in multicultural societies from the University of Southern California. Dr. Lipmen lives with her partner and is proudly raising their three beautiful children.

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