When Leslie Reardon returned to Hannah Cole Primary School from the hospital after her father had  experienced a heart attack, the initial person to greet her and give her a hug was first grade teacher Sarah Friedrich.


When Leslie Reardon returned to Hannah Cole Primary School from the hospital after her father had  experienced a heart attack, the initial person to greet her and give her a hug was first grade teacher Sarah Friedrich.

And when a faculty member’s father died, Friedrich organized meal deliveries to their house.
And last year, during a Coats for Kids drive in Boonville, when one of her students received a jacket, Friedrich approached Reardon in tears to tell her how appreciative she was.
“She wants to take care of people and do what she can to help them,” said Reardon,  principal of the school.

Friedrich is retiring at the end of the school year after 31 years in the classroom. Reardon said Friedrich serves as a mentor for younger teachers and will leave a void when she exits.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

When I was in sixth grade, I got to go to help in the second grade classroom and I loved helping the little kids.  The second grade teacher, Mrs. Marilyn Scott was a wonderful teacher and I loved helping in her class.  I always loved working with kids and I knew that teaching was the job for me. 

What teaching moment is most memorable?

There have been too many to mention, but the thing that stands out the most to me is watching children learn how to read. It is still amazing to me how much the children learn from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year. 

What are the greatest challenges in education today?

Education is facing many different challenges from the budget cuts to the dynamics of family situations, but as educators we will face the challenges and meet the needs of the students because that is always, and should be, the focus of educators.

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