We are thrilled to announce Dr. Sarah Coffey has signed a 5-year contract with District
101. Dr. Coffey will remain Assistant Superintendent to Dr. Brian Barnhart until June 30,
2024. Upon Dr. Barnhart’s retirement at the end of the 2024 school year, Dr. Coffey will
assume the role of Superintendent.
Under Dr. Coffey’s leadership and steadfast commitment to academic excellence D101
will remain A Place Where Children Thrive now and in the future.
Dr. Coffey began her career at D101 in 1999 as an English Language Arts teacher at
McClure. She then took on the role of Assistant Principal of McClure in 2005 and served
as Principal of Laidlaw from 2009-2013. During her time at Laidlaw she cultivated a
strong sense of community among students, staff and parents that focused on
academic excellence through research-based instructional practices and a commitment
to student-centered decision-making.
Dr. Coffey maintained this focus and broadened her impact to the district level in 2013
when she accepted the role of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
Among her many accomplishments, she has led the District through the development of
a rigorous curriculum across all content areas, implemented standards based grading in
our elementary schools, and personally connected with countless parents during Coffee
with Coffey. Her connections with students, parents, teachers and staff have given her
a broad perspective to see growth opportunities and implement them to positively
impact our students.
We look forward to continued success under Dr Coffey’s leadership.
District 101 Board of Education