Sarah Schroeder, a new first-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary, is excited to be back in a smaller community after teaching for the past 11 years in Ankeny. “I am ready to go. It’s great we had the summer, but I’m ready to get into a routine.” Sarah and her husband, Jason, have two children, Tate, 2, and Tenley, 5.
Sarah Schroeder, a new first-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary, is excited to be back in a smaller community after teaching for the past 11 years in Ankeny. “I am ready to go. It’s great we had the summer, but I’m ready to get into a routine.” Sarah and her husband, Jason, have two children, Tate, 2, and Tenley, 5.

August 1, 2017

For new Fairview Elementary School first-grade teacher Sarah Schroeder, finding her career passion came natural.

As she explained, it was always a huge part of her life.

Originally from Rock Valley, located in Sioux County in northwest Iowa, Schroeder, spent the last 11 years teaching in Ankeny. Her husband, Jason, also grew up in a small town, and after spending time in the suburbs, they both felt the longing to return to their small-town roots. In Ankeny, Schroeder taught kindergarten through second grade. Those three grades are where she feel most comfortable teaching, she explained. Schroeder spent her life surrounded by children. At a young age, she began to baby sit and then started working at day care services. At the University of Northern Iowa she double majored in elementary  and early-childhood education and minored in early-childhood special education.

Schroeder’s husband recently began his new job at Crop Production Services in Wall Lake, so Schroeder has been setting up her new classroom and exploring the downtown life of Carroll with her two children Tenley, 5, and Tate, 2 1/2. Schroeder looks forward to starting school, meet all of her students and make connections in Carroll.

“I think that will be good because I will get to meet some of the families and the kids,” she said. “There’s just so much unknown right now. I got into my classroom and got it set up, so my classroom is ready to go. Now I just need to meet everybody.”

During her 11 years in Ankeny, Schroeder built many connections at her school and in town, but now she doesn’t know anyone, she said. She is ready for herself and her family to meet new people and make new friends.

Every year Schroeder enjoys watching the eagerness her students express to return to school and learn. One of the many reasons she loves her job.

“I’ve always taught kindergarten through second grade so that’s where I’m most comfortable,” she said. “I think they still have that eagerness, and they love school and their teacher. They look at you and look up to you. They think of you almost like another parent. You get those hugs, and you get those letters. It just melts your heart.”

Schroeder loves seeing kids push through whatever they are struggling with until they reach that “aha ha” moment. 

“Seeing that ‘oh my goodness, I kept trying and persevered, and I was able to do it.’ I think that’s really what brings me back,” she said.

Now, back in a small town, Schroeder hopes to discover that sense of family and community here in Carroll.