Sarah Cockerline was presented with the April 2012 Excellence in Education Award at the April 23, 2012 Board of Education meeting. Sarah considers Kirkwood, Missouri, her hometown, and has been working in the Ladue School District since 1992, having started as a Kindergarten teacher. Sarah currently teaches in the Learning Lab at Spoede Elementary School.
Prior to coming to Ladue, Sarah worked as a Special Education Teacher for 3 years in the Orchard Farm School District; and taught Kindergarten, first and second grade at Keysor Elementary School. She and her husband Keith have been married for 23 years and they have three daughters: Caitlin is graduating in May, 2012 from Texas Christian University; Alyssa is graduating in May, 2012 from Kirkwood High School, and Annie is a sophomore at Kirkwood High School.
Sarah received her Bachelor in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia,her Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and, her certification as a Reading Recovery Teacher from South East Missouri State.
Dr. Connie Brawley, principal of Spoede Elementary School says: “Sarah works her magic on any child she works with.” She says Sarah can take a child who is struggling with reading and turn them into a student who feels smart and loves reading. Sarah is a highly regarded and respected member of the Spoede Elementary staff who works closely to support her colleagues to make sure reading is having an impact in every classroom. Dr. Brawley also notes that Sarah’s contributions are not always so obvious because she is often working quietly behind the scenes to create opportunities for student success.