Sarah Elizabeth Ippel
When she was 23 years old, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel rode her bicycle to the Board of Education with a request to reimagine what is possible in public education today. Three years later, in 2008, the Academy for Global Citizenship opened in a former dental tool factory on the city’s underserved Southwest side where Sarah Elizabeth serves as its Founder and Executive Director. A Chicago Public Elementary School on a global mission, AGC is developing the next generation of critical thinkers and mindful leaders who take action to positively impact their communities and the world beyond.
In less than five years, AGC has become recognized across the globe for its model green school initiatives combined with unprecedented academic results, and is currently developing the first net-positive energy prototype campus on an urban farm.
Sarah Elizabeth’s life mission is to broaden the world’s assumptions about the purpose of education. Since earning a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in England at 21, she has traveled to over 80 different countries across 6 continents, extensively immersing herself in educational philosophies and world languages.
Sarah Elizabeth was selected as a U.S. Delegate to Terra Madre in 2010, where she met with representatives from over 60 nations to discuss the sustainability of our local and global food systems. In 2011, she was named one of Monocle’s Top 20 International Pioneers in Education and visited the White House to receive a national award from Michelle Obama. In 2012 and 2013, Sarah Elizabeth was appointed as one of 100 Delegates from 20 countries who assembled for the G8 Young Global Leaders Summit. In 2013, Sarah Elizabeth was recognized by Forbes as one of the nation’s “top five game changers in education” and received the GOOD 100 award for “pushing the world forward through doing”.