Golden Apple Award: Sarah Leeseberg, Soddy Elementary
SODDY-DAISY, TN (WDEF) – Keeping first graders on track is hard enough in ideal conditions. When you add a virtual element, the degree of difficulty can be staggering. Sarah Leeseberg met that challenge and more.
Meaghan Moss is the Assistant Principal at Soddy Elementary School.
She says, “Sarah Leeseberg she is one of our first grade teachers. She just pours her heart and soul into her kids. She is on the phone all hours. She will tell me that she was texting with a parent at 10 o’clock trying to figure out what they need to do for Math, or what they need to do for breakfast in the morning, or she will call and say, ‘Hey, I had a parent run out of hot water, so I am going to run by there and grab their clothes so I can wash them for them.’ I mean she’s just, she is goes above and beyond for her kids both in and out of the classroom.”
Sarah describes herself this way, ” I am a mom, and a teacher, and a runner, and I really just like to get out among my community and hang out with kids and spend time with kids and try to make a difference. I’ve always really been able to connect with kids really well. And everyone always told me that I should be a teacher. I didn’t know that was my calling until I was a little bit older, but I think that it takes certain type of personality to really connect with kids. And like I say, once you make that connection, that’s when they are willing to take risk and they can just do so much more. I don’t want to solve their issues, but I want to help guide them and give them words so that they can talk to their friends. Especially, if there is a misunderstanding or something they can talk that out and problem solve on their own, because they can take that scale into their future no matter what job they are in or what environment they are in. Its going to help them, and it will also help them through the education process.”