Mrs. Sara Ogonowski



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Mrs. Sara Ogonowski

My name is Sara Ogonowski and I am a first grade teacher at Walker Elementary School.  This is my first year at Walker, I have previusly taught in the Tuscaloosa City Schools for five years. I am so excited to be able to teach in such an amazing community.

I am originally from Michigan and moved to Alabama with my husband, Matthew, eight years ago to attend the University of Alabama.  I received my master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama and my bachelor’s from Michigan State University in Elementary Education- Integrated Sciences.  Matthew and I have been married for eight years and and three sons, Staszu(7 years old), Thomas(4 years old), and Joseph(1 year old).  We also have a cat named Thurston Howell III. 

My family and I love playing outside and spending time together inside reading when the weather is too hot. Our hobby farm keeps us busy on the weekends: we love getting a fresh harvest whenever we need it and having eggs at our backdoor.  The boys keep us busy most nights and weekends playing football and baseball. 


Contact Info:

You can always message me on ClassDojo or call the front office and leave a message.

I am available for conferences during first grade's PE time (11:10-11:50) most days or after school upon request.

  • Classroom Wish List

    Black Ink Cartrdige (HP 63)

    Color Ink Cartridge (HP 63)

    Clorox/Lysol Wipes

    Baby Wipes

    Color Copy Paper

    Cardstock - White and Color



  • Expectations for Work Students Need to be Completing at Home:


    • Students should read at least 20 minutes each night. Please record their reading in their agendas nightly. Include the book title and how many minutes the student read. Discuss the book and ask questions.
    • Students should read the reading passages provided at least once nightly.
    • Students should practice high frequency words nightly.


    • Ask your student to count collections of objects up to 120. (EX. Noodles, cars, playing cards, army figures, blocks, beans, rocks, leaves, etc.)
    • Ask your student to compare lengths of objects in your home.
    • Ask your student to count as high as he/she can for you (by the end of the year he/she should be able to count to 120).
    • Have your student add and subtract objects while he/she is playing with them.
    • Give your student an addition or subtraction word problem and allow him/her to solve it using a strategy with which he/she is comfortable.
    • Collect/interpret sample data. (EX. Have your student ask the family members what his/her favorite drink is, talk about how he/she could share that data with others.

    Read, Read, Read!! Allow your child to read everything! Give him/her the recipe on which you are working, have him/her help read a night time story, read the ingredients on a snack, signs while driving, directions on how to build a new toy, grocery lists, etc.

    Why Read 20 Minutes a Day?

    The Math Behind Reading

    Why Math is so Important to Practice