Ms. Mary Ann Sawyer

Phone: (816) 316-7400


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Mary Ann Sawyer

Russkin High School

Special Education Teacher

Grades 9-11

Special Education, Room 131

Contact Information



Health and Human Services House

Plan Time: Block 2 and Block 8. Block 2 runs from10:05 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Block 8 runs from 2:00  p.m-3:30. p.m.

Years of teaching experience:
29 years of experience

Area of expertise
Special Education Teacher
Reading Specialist
Academic Interventionist/Academic Tutor
Tutoring in most areas, specializing in Science and Math
Homebound Instructor
Participant in Sports Supervision

Educational background
Ed. Spec. Administration
MS. Special Ed. Reading State Cert. K-12
MS. Curriculum & Inst. Science Emphasis
BA. Elementary Education 1-8
Provisionals: H.S. Science, H.S. Biology, H.S. Earth Science, M.S. Math 5-9
Apple Teacher Certified 

Why I Chose Education as My Career of Choice
I believe that the students are our future.  Educators play a key role in the quality of life for our community.  I chose to be an educator to help others attain their personal, educational, and career goals.  I love to help children learn, trying to meet them where they are at, and move the students forward from there. I am excited to work with students in teaching the subjects of Communication Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Study Skills, Transition, and Advocacy. I am pleased that I am able to use my years of experience as a veteran teacher in this amazing journey, 2019-20.

Personal Interests
I volunteer with several community organizations.  Most recently, I joined the Special Olympics Team as an assistant coach. I have many organizations that I associate with during my free time. My passion is with conservation work, at Lakeside Nature Center, where I have done native Missouri animal rehabilitation, educational programs, and work with the Missouri Stream Team. For the nine years, I have been an active volunteer at Starlight Theatre.  I  volunteer for Stonelion Puppet Theatre with community events.  During the last nine years, I have volunteered for Kauffman Performing Arts Center, doing various community service positions.  I am a member of the Nelson Art Gallery. This summer, I joined the World War 1 Museum as a member and educator of history. I am currently active in each of these groups.  Additionally, I helped out at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City during the summer months.  I tutor during the school year, and assist with the school sport’s program. I attend the majority of after school activities at Ruskin High School, including Band, Orchestra, Theatre, Sports, Tutoring....Hope to see you there!!!