The official biography below was current at the time of the award.
Sarah Ogier is in her 13th year of teaching and 12th year at Field Elementary School. She currently teaches fourth grade mathematics, science, and social studies and coaches third through fifth grade teachers.
Sarah focuses on building students’ conceptual understanding through collaborative problem solving and purposeful discussion. She encourages students to use various strategies and models to solve problems and orchestrates discussions such that students can make connections between various representations, thus deepening their understanding of the mathematics involved.
Sarah serves on her district's Mathematics Teacher Leader Cadre, participating in various activities to deeply understand the Common Core State Standards and best practices for instruction. She was involved in selecting new district mathematics materials, and her classroom became a model for their implementation.
Sarah earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in liberal studies from Westmont College and a M.A. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in elementary mathematics from the University of Colorado Denver. She also holds a certificate in mathematics teacher leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. She is licensed to teach kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education and 7-12 mathematics education.