Finding Something New in History


Sidrah Khan at her desk before class during her world history or US history classes.

Diane Lin

Sidrah Khan came to Greenhill looking for something new.

Previously a teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, Khan taught two challenging subjects: AP World History and AP European History. In her time teaching Advanced Placement (AP) World History, her students achieved the highest AP scores in the district, Khan said.

“She brings an expertise that is really second to none,” said Amy Bresie, Upper School History Department chair. “She has a lot to offer and has a great depth of knowledge.”

Khan’s years of teaching AP World History especially proves to be helpful in the ninth-grade history course, Global History, which explores “global history from roughly 1400 to the present day with an emphasis on understanding how the world got to be the way it is today.”

Aside from teaching GX9, Khan also teaches 10th-grade U.S. History.

“She’s good at keeping the class engaged with interesting stories,” said Varsha Gande, currently in Khan’s U.S. History class. “She can answer almost all the miscellaneous questions we throw at her.”

Khan’s world history teaching background also plays a role in her knowledge of the subjects she is teaching.

“What’s really cool about teaching at Greenhill is that I get to teach what I think is interesting, and we can spend time on what students find interesting,” Khan said.

To her, the flexibility of a non-AP class is one of the most exciting things about the courses she is teaching.

“[AP World History] was very regimented and just sort of not as creative, which was unfortunate, but that’s kind of the nature of the course,” Khan said.

She said she is looking forward to being able to teach and spend more time on what she or her students are more interested in.

Khan also values the diversity of the student body.

“What really attracted me to Greenhill was just the diversity of the student body, which you don’t really find in private schools usually,” Khan said. “I knew I wanted to teach students of all backgrounds. That’s what makes history fun to teach. That was important to me.”