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2020 Lindbergh Teacher of the Year Wins Regional Honor

July 8, 2020

Crestwood Elementary School physical education teacher and Lindbergh Schools 2020 Teacher of the Year Darrion Cockrell has been named one of 10 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year for the St. Louis area. This honor qualifies Cockrell to apply for the 2020 Missouri State Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced in August.

Cockrell has taught physical education at Crestwood Elementary school since 2015. During his five years at Crestwood, Cockrell continues to create relationships with his students to show the importance of staying active and provide a positive experience with exercise.

“Mr. DC is a role model for his students, and he is an outstanding representative for Lindbergh teachers districtwide,” said Superintendent Dr. Tony Lake. “He is someone who is always willing to lend a helping hand, inspires his fellow teachers, and motivates everyone at Crestwood. Most importantly, he is an amazing teacher who cares about his students and loves what he does.”

Outside of the classroom, Cockrell is an active member of Dads Club and created a weekly after hours open gym, Crestwood’s Diversity Committee, and serves as the Read, Right, Run Coordinator at Crestwood Elementary School. He also serves as a strategic planning team member and Wellbeing committee for Lindbergh Schools.

Cockrell recently received a 2020 National Box Tops for Education Twilight Award, presented by Chance the Rapper. He also created the “Crest-Fit” training program, reaching thousands of people over multiple platforms, and he continues to share fitness videos online that he records with his son.

Cockrell earned a Bachelor of Science in Education/Physical Education and a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He earned his Career Continuous Professional certificate in K-12 physical education and health, a certification in CPR Pro, First Aid and Oxygen from the American Safety and Health Institute, and is certified in K-12 Physical Education and Health Praxis.