Phone: (816) 316-7398


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Elementary Education Ed. Specialist in Administration MS Curriculum and Instruction/ Science Emphasis MS Special Education Reading Specialist - State Certified Provisionals: High School Science, Biology, Earth Science, Math 5-9

Ms. Mary Ann Sawyer

Russkin High School

Special Education Teacher/Special Reading 

Grades K-12

Communication Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education

Rm. 131.

Academic Tutor - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Homebound Instructor

Special Olympics Coach

Contact Information



Health and Human Services House

Google Classroom Codes/Zoom Links available on the Google Classroom 

Sections - Resource Services

A Day

Block 1 Comm. Arts 1 Google Classroom Code (6k7dygb)

Block 2 Social Studies 9 &10 Google Classroom Code 9 (p022gsu).  Google Classroom Code 10 (zrbvvl)

Block 4 Science 9 & 10 Google Classroom Code 9 (uq6zste). Google Classroom Code 10 (vgz5sig)

B Day

Block 5 Comm. Arts 1 Google Classroom Code (xewlavf)

Block 6 Science 11  Google Classroom Code (2rpmooh)

 Block 7 Comm. Arts 1 Google Classroom Code (skiqpge)

A Day

Block 1   7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Block 2   9:05 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Block 3   10:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.  House Plan/Lunch

Block 4   1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.   

B Day

Block 5   7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Block 6   9:05 a.m. to 10:35 p.m.

Block 7   10:40 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. Lunch during this block.

Block 8   1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Content Plan


Communication Arts 1

This course focuses on English Language content. This includes learning to read, write, and communicate on a high school level. We use Studysync and I Ready as our primary resources. We also use many district provided resources.


Social Studies 9 &10

This course focuses on grade level content material within a resource setting.

We will encompass areas of Maps, American History, World History, and American Government. We use Discovery Education Textbook as a primary tool in this course. We use many district provided resources.


Science 11 & 12

We focus on Physical Science, Biology, and Earth Science. We learn grade level content material within a resource setting.

We use the Discovery Education Textbook as a primary tool in this course.

We use many district provided resources.


Clever - Educational Sites are Available through Clever

District provided Resources are available on Clever.

These include Newsela, Flocabulary, Discovery Education, I Ready, Studysync, Khan Academy, Moby Max, Ed. Mentum, Quizzes, Kahoots, and more.

Use Clever to access EverFi, NearPod, EPIC, READWORKS, Newsela, FloVocabulary and related apps.

EverFi  All students have access to coursework online 

Plan Time: Years of teaching experience:
30 + 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, then 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, 2021-22.

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!!!