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Subjects Taught
First Grade


2008 Top Five Finalist for Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame

2008 Blount County Nominee for Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame

National Board Certified Teacher

Deemed Highly Qualified Teacher

1994 Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama

1991 Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from The University of Alabama

1988 Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Alabama in Birmingham



Many experiences have had a tremendous impact on my life in general but also on my teaching.  Becoming a National Certified Teacher was quite difficult.  It took many hours of research, planning and reflecting to achieve the goal of certification.  As a matter of fact, I did not make certification the first year.  This impacted my teaching positively, however, as I realized the disappointment students must feel when they do not understand a lesson that I have taught.  Therefore, I strive even harder to reach all of the students in my classroom no matter what it takes, and I attempt to encourage them along the way.  Happily, I did become a National Board Certified Teacher, and I truly believe that because I did not make it the first time, I became a better teacher because of it!


Another impacting moment in my teaching career has been becoming the Blount County Nominee for the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame and finding out that I was among the Top Five Finalist for the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame.  This was a true honor that actually humbled me because I know that I am quite small among the other enormously good teachers at Cleveland Elementary School and across the state of Alabama.  Cleveland is a special place to teach - it is filled with many wonderful teachers who constantly strive to better themselves as teachers and truly care about the students in their classroom year after year.  I am very blessed to be among those teachers and learn from them on a daily basis. 


My name is Sandi Sorrow, and I have been teaching school for the past twenty years. I taught Early Childhood Special Education at the Cleveland Special School (which is now the Blount County Multineeds Center) for the first nine and a half years of my teaching career. Although I was blessed with many life lessons there, I was led to teach in an elementary setting. As the story goes, the remainder of my career has been spent teaching First Grade at Cleveland Elementary. Teaching is often an adventure, and there are many joys along the way.


I met my husband-to-be the first year I began teaching at Cleveland. We were married the next year, and I moved to Cleveland. We have a lovely daughter named Kelly, and she is a proud Cleveland Panther! I also have a wonderful stepson named Josh and and a delightful granddaughter named Ryleigh. Our "three" children bring much joy to our lives!


Our family enjoys spending time together camping, going to Baron Baseball games, and even growing a garden together. You would not believe it, but we traveled all the way to California and back over a period of five weeks in our camper! We are very family oriented, and I am blessed with a small, but a truly special family!


Being family oriented helps me as a teacher because I believe that the parents are the first and most important teacher a child will have. Parent involvement and encouragement is vital to every child's education!