Bekki Sarradet

Executive Director of Professional Learning

bsarradet@niet.org

Bekki Sarradet joined NIET in August 2021 as Executive Director of Professional Learning. In her role, Bekki leads efforts to ensure NIET’s professional learning offerings reflect current, researched-backed practices and approaches to ensure all NIET partners receive best-in-class trainings and services to meet their needs and positively impact students.

Bekki brings 24 years of experience in education. She started her career as an elementary grades teacher in Harrison School District #2 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has since served in many roles including literacy coach, curriculum designer, and education consultant to school systems and advocacy groups across the country. Bekki has extensive experience in supporting school districts with their literacy improvement efforts and high-quality instructional materials implementation.

Bekki holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in teaching from The Colorado College.

 Bekki  Sarradet

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

When I was in second grade, I made the decision to become a teacher and I have not veered for from that path over the course of my career. Even at such a young age, I knew that teachers had tremendous impact on the lives of their students and that the job of teaching was one of the greatest responsibilities an individual can have. I am passionate about the power of great teaching, and I am drawn to NIET because of my belief in the mission, that educator excellence is key to student success.

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My most favorite memories of my K-12 school experiences are of times spent in the library. In elementary school, I loved learning how to navigate the media center and access all the resources. Library day was the best because the possibilities were endless! It was such a joy to be able to check out and take home books to explore. As I got older, I very much enjoyed research projects that required time in the library. It felt much like a treasure hunt to me. Even now, going to the library with to explore books with my daughter is a treat.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to spend time outdoors with my family. We do a lot of biking and camping and are always looking for opportunities to get back to the mountains of my home state of Colorado. We live close to many waterways in south Louisiana, so we’ve recently started to learn to paddle board. I am also a huge a fan of live music, and concert-going is passion of mine.