Antioch Elementary School literacy coach takes top honor

Sarah Downs Antioch

Sarah Downs, Antioch Elementary School’s literacy coach, holds a certificate she received as Okaloosa County Schools’ Literacy Coach of the Year.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 05:05 PM.

CRESTVIEW —   Sarah Downs, Antioch Elementary School’s literacy coach, has been named the Okaloosa County school district’s elementary school Literacy Coach of the Year. 

Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson presented the award during an April 26 literacy coach meeting.  

Downs trains Antioch teachers on new techniques for teaching the district’s evolving curriculum. She has prepared teachers for Common Core State Standards, a new form of computer-based testing, which the state is implementing. Common Core replaces the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for the 2014-15 school year.

"Her knowledge, experience and passion more than qualify her for this honor. She has made great contributions to both the literacy coach cadre and Antioch Elementary School," Ann Flanagan, a reading specialist for the school district, said in an email.

Downs has worked in Okaloosa County since 2006, spending the last three years at Antioch.

"I can't imagine being anywhere else," she said. "They have made me feel like family."

Karen Ott, of Lewis School in Valparaiso, earned the secondary Literacy Coach the Year award.

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