Daum Returns to Chance Elementary

By: Brandon Chick Contributing Writer

Mrs. Sarah Daum, previously a third grade teacher at Centralia Intermediate School (CIS), is now a Title 1 Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach at Chance Elementary School (CES).

After graduating from high school, Daum attended Moberly Area Community College, eventually transferring to Columbia College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Psychology. She later earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from William Woods University. 

Daum stated, “Working at CIS was a wonderful experience! During my ten years there, I was surrounded by people that always pushed me to be the best teacher I could be.” She also says, “The students there were always there to work hard and give me their best. I will never forget the time I was there.” 

When Daum was completing her student teaching, she also coached varsity basketball cheerleading at Centralia High School (CHS). After she received her certificate, she went to work for Columbia Public Schools for three and a half years and then she decided to teach first grade at CES for three years. She then spent ten years working as a third grade teacher at CIS, prior to her transition back to CES for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Daum made the choice to go back to elementary school because she wanted a new challenge. She is no longer a classroom teacher. In her new position, she gets to work with every student and all grade level teachers at CES.

When asked about her transition to CES, Daum said, “It is a blast! The students are very excited to be at school each day. They love learning and working hard on everything you ask them to do. The staff is awesome to work with as well. They are great at being a community and helping out whenever you need something.”

She decided to work in Centralia because she grew up here and knew it was a great district. She also has three daughters in school, and she wanted to make sure she was able to be as involved as possible with their school activities.

In her free time, she spends time with her family. She has four kids. They like to go camping, traveling and playing sports. Daum also likes to bake and take walks with her labradoodle, Daisy.

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