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2022 Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient

Sara Roland is in her 17th year as an educator and is currently the Assistant Principal of Kinawa 5/6 School. Sara graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Language Arts which also included an internship year at Bennett Woods Elementary in 2004. Sara continued her education by obtaining her Masters degree in Literacy from Loyola College in Maryland, and in 2018 received her Ed. Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Michigan - Flint.

Sara has experience teaching Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades both out-of-state and within Okemos Public Schools, in addition to working as a Reading Interventionist for Lapeer Community Schools. In 2018, Sara had the opportunity to pursue a role in administration and has since thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the incredible staff, students, and families at Kinawa.

As an educator, Sara strives to build meaningful relationships and places collaboration at the center of her work. As for her time in Okemos, Sara believes that the focus on supporting students as individuals through a together approach is what sets the district apart. She values the intentional care placed on meeting the needs of everyone connected to the learning community and for the collective mindset of reflection and growth. Sara feels incredibly grateful to be working for Okemos Public School and continues to admire the commitment to excellence that is demonstrated by all who serve our students.

Sara and her husband Jeff live in Williamston and spend a majority of the time being fans at the many sporting events for their sons, Hunter (14) and Cooper (12). In her free time, Sara enjoys staying active, reading, and spending time with her extended family.