Sara Momii Roberts is an educator with over 15 years of experience teaching in public and private schools. For the past eight years she has taught eighth grade humanities at Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, a progressive independent school in New York City, where she is also a parent. She supports the middle school Students of Color program and is a member of the Parents of Students of Color and the Asian American Families group.
As a part of her work with eighth graders, she co-leads a year long program where students are introduced to civil and human rights issues and action. Sara has presented on Multiracial Asians and LREI’s Social Justice Project at the New York Association of Independent Schools Diversity Conference and other venues. She has been a team leader for the Youth Action Project at the White Privilege Conference and enjoys ongoing participation in diversity leadership training.
Sara is mixed race woman of Japanese and Scottish/Welsh descent. She was raised in a culturally vibrant and politically active community in Berkeley, CA and became interested early on about ethnic discrimination through her family’s story of detention and resilience as Japanese Internment Camp prisoners during WWII. Inspired by this, her first paid job in eighth grade was working for R.E.S.P.E.C.T, Racial and Ethnic Sharing Providing Empowerment to our Community Today, a non-profit organization addressing police-youth relations founded by former Black Panther Party member Ronnie Stevenson III. She has continued to draw upon these early experiences in her work as a teacher and her life as a parent.
Sara lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two beautifully multiracial sons -- eight-year-old Sebastian is Guayanese, Japanese and Caucasian and one-year-old Clemente is Puerto Rican, Japanese and Caucasian. She loves biking around Prospect Park with Sebastian on Sunday afternoons and cooking various styles of lentil soup that Clemente, hopefully, enjoys eating more than throwing. Sara has two Masters degrees in Education from Harvard University and Pace University and an undergraduate degree in American Studies from UC Berkeley.