Sarah Cosey fills classroom with language lessons

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Cosey is helping sixth grade Language Arts students that have questions about their work. See more scenes below.

By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

When walking through the halls of West Jackson Middle School, guests to the school may hear laughter coming from a classroom just beyond the library. That classroom belongs to sixth grade Language Arts Sarah Cosey.

“It’s pretty fun in here,” said student Breann Bragg. “I think she’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever really had.”

Cosey’s peers shared students’ viewpoints, when they chose her to represent her as the WJMS Teacher of the Year (TOTY), and later the Jackson County School System TOTY.

Cosey, who has been teaching since 2006, currently teaches advanced content language art to sixth graders; although she has also taught regular sixth and seventh grade language arts and social studies.

“I always knew teaching was something I would like to do. I had some great teachers growing up who really modeled what it was to be an excellent teacher. They made me see that education is a noble pursuit,” said Cosey, who believes her love of learning naturally led her to a profession that constantly surrounds her with opportunities to learn and grow.

“There are a lot of people who have helped shape the teacher I am today, so I feel like I should share this title with them. The only reason I’m a good teacher is because I have been led and mentored by many great teachers,” said Cosey.

“I love my students. Really and truly, I love getting to wake up every day and come watch my kids change and thrive. They are the absolute best part of this job,” said Cosey.

“I was incredibly surprised. It is one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I’ve learned a great deal form the people I work with over the past seven years,” said Cosey. “I know so many wonderful, talented, and kind teachers in this system, and the fact that they chose me to represent our county is a tremendous honor. I still get a little overwhelmed when I think about it.”

See a story on other West Jackson schools’ Teachers of the Year in the Jan. 17 print edition of The Paper.