Linda Sarver teaches fifth graders at Westview Elementary School in Excelsior Springs. Previously, Sarver taught at North Daviess High School in Jameson, where her students learned much more than grammar, history and economics. She also taught ethics and used innovative strategies to make learning fun and relevant. During Sarver's "It's My Right, Isn't It?" unit, students learned about the First Amendment by examining current court cases, holding a mock trial, writing briefs and creating action plans to address student concerns. In another program called "What Would You Do?" students studied ethics by analyzing movies. Sarver was instrumental in organizing a schoolwide science fair and has held local and state-level offices in the Missouri State Teacher's Association (MSTA). She has been a Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) senior leader, and is a MAP trainer for local district teachers. She was also the keynote speaker at the Missouri convention of the Future Teachers of America.
I retired from the classroom in 2010, then missed it so much that I became a "substitute extraordinaire" doing long term assignments for three years. I have also done many book reviews for Corwin Press. Now I work in the finance department of an agency that provides 24 hour services to severely disabled adults. Every opportunity I get, I point out to fellow educators and administrators that in the real world math facts have to be 100 percent accurate, 100 percent of the time.
1987 Northwest Missouri State University, B.S.