Allison Cockerell - SE Elementary
“Ms. Cockerell, what do you want for Christmas?”
Allison Cockerell didn’t have much time to think of something before her third grade students chimed in with an answer of their own.
“We want to buy you a house so you can live next door to us!”
The very next day, those students followed through. They constructed and decorated a paper house which they proudly presented to their teacher.
“Those moments mean so much to me,” Cockerell reflected. “Those are the moments that remind me why I do what I do. I want to be the teacher students remember for many years to come.”
After six years as an elementary teacher, with a stop in her hometown of Edmond, as well as a year in Bixby, Cockerell feels like she has found a home in her first year at Jenks Southeast Elementary.
“From the second I walked in for my interview, I felt like this is where I’m supposed to be. Everyone is kind, thoughtful, and supportive. Teachers went out of their way to introduce themselves to new faculty before the year started, and I feel so encouraged on a daily basis.”
Attempting to reach the academic, social, and emotional needs of every child in her classroom is not without its challenges. With a variety of learning styles, and so many different personalities looking to her for instruction, guidance, and support, Cockerell’s experience has helped her to effectively navigate the chaos.
“I try to differentiate my instruction and management to meet the needs of all my students,” explained Cockerell. “I think parents like the fact that I run a tight ship but they can also see that my students respect me. It’s important for my students to know that I love and respect them as well. Cockerell’s crew is a community built on mutual respect.”
Cockerell believes the impact one teacher can have on one student cannot be underestimated. She hopes her students will look back on their time in her room just as she carries happy memories of her elementary years.
“I can remember my first grade teacher holding my hand when I was the line leader and squeezing a message into my hand so I would have to guess what she was trying to say. As I look back, it reminds me again how important it to build relationships with my students. It is so crucial, and I’m really hard on myself if I feel like I’m not getting through to a student.”
How do I know I’m doing a good job? It’s a question many teachers ask to themselves. For Allison Cockerell, the paper house in the corner of the classroom is a symbol of success.