2018 Teacher of the Year Sara Reed

“If a child can’t learn the way WE teach, maybe we should teach the way THEY learn” by Ignacio Esrada.

This mantra guides Sara Reed every day in her Kindergarten classroom. Through her 12 years of teaching Kindergarten at Hillcrest Elementary, she has learned vital lessons that help her classroom be the rich, inviting, kid-centered, learning environment that it is today. Every child has their own learning style, hardships in life, and personality that affects their learning every day. Sara has made it her priority to make sure each one of her students gets their learning needs met each day in order to become successful and confident students.

Sara Reed graduated from the University of Wyoming in the fall of 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Early Childhood Education. Growing up in a family full of educators, becoming a teacher was something Sara always wanted to do. While in college at the University of Wyoming, Sara worked at a Pre-School for three to five year olds. It was at that time that she learned of her passion for teaching Kindergarten. Intrigued by the enthusiasm, excitement for learning, and laughter they bring each day is what Sara wanted in her classroom. Sara’s wish to teach Kindergarten was granted in 2005, when she was hired at Hillcrest Elementary. Little did she know that this would begin a journey that would forever change her outlook on student learners and what it takes to be an effective leader.