Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez is a school board trustee in Washington Unified School District, located in West Sacramento. She was elected in March of 2013, wining every precinct in the city.
Sarah is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught in public elementary schools in Rancho Cordova since 2004. She was named Teacher of the Year in the highly diverse Folsom-Cordova Unified School District in 2011 after being elected Teacher of the Year by her peers at two of her schools in 2008 and 2010. Sarah currently teaches gifted and high-achieving fifth-graders using innovative, inquiry-based approaches.
She and her husband, a police officer, have lived in West Sacramento since 2007
and are parents of a preschooler and baby.
Sarah has devoted a significant part of her career outside her own classroom – improving the quality of education by training and mentoring teachers and modeling best practices. She has mentored student teachers in her classrooms for a majority of her career and has trained colleagues throughout the region in writing and history workshops administered through UC Davis.
As part of a professional development team, she also is working to integrate new national curriculum standards in the Folsom-Cordova district. Sarah worked with another district team to bring back families who had moved their children to charter schools or other schooling alternatives, with the goal of raising student enrollments and funding in the district.
Sarah’s experience with policy implementation also includes joining with the California Teachers Association and school and district administrators to improve the skills of teachers whose evaluations show improvement is needed. Sarah has lobbied at the California State Capitol to create more comprehensive teacher evaluation procedures.
Sarah earned her master’s degree and teaching credential at California State University, Sacramento, and continues to teach summer enrichment courses for advanced grade-school students at Sacramento State.