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Mrs. Sonja Darden
Hello! My name is Sonja Darden and I am thrilled to be entering my 28th year of teaching kindergarten. I was born in South Florida and adopted at three months of age. At age two, my family moved to Tallahassee. My parents and younger sister continue to live in Tallahassee and sometimes even volunteer in my classroom! I graduated from Leon High School.
I earned my Early Childhood degree at Florida State University. Soon after, I completed my Masters degree at FAMU in Elementary Education. My early years of teaching were spent in Perry, Florida at Perry Primary School. I transferred to Leon County in 1998 and started teaching at Fort Braden School. I earned my National Certification in the Early Childhood Generalist area in 1999. I was named Teacher of the Year at Fort Braden in 2000. I married my husband, Kevin, in 2003. We have two sons. Jacob turned seventeen this month and will be a senior this year. Owen, my "baby", is fourteen years old and will be a freshman this year. They are my handsome and kind blue-eyed boys!
I joined the Buck Lake family in 2005 to work closer to home. I love being a Bobcat! Our school is an amazing place where children are able to grow to their fullest potential! Kindergarten children take their first peek at "big school" on orientation day, and the rest of the year is spent learning, laughing, and making lasting friendships. I feel blessed that parents give me one year with their children to help mold them into life-long learners.
I like to spend my spare time cooking, reading, and working in my garden. However, these days most of my time is spent doing laundry, watching Star Wars and playing Roblox with Jacob and Owen. (I really do cherish these moments -- o.k. maybe not the laundry!) I am excited about the upcoming school year. I look forward to lots of learning and having fun along the way.
Education and Accomplishments
1994 Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education- FSU
1997 Masters Degree in Elementary Education- FAMU
1999 National Board Certified- Early Childhood Generalist
2000 Teacher of the Year at Fort Braden School
2014 ESOL Endorsed
2019 Reading Endorsed