A native of Cassville, MO, Sara Lampe has 45 years of experience in education as an elementary teacher, gifted educator, coordinator of gifted education, principal, adjunct professor, and educational consultant. She has collaborated with schools across the nation on implementing practical ways for teachers to deal with a variety of learning levels they find in their classrooms. She has facilitated learning at numerous state, local and national education conferences and community organizations and has consulted with hundreds of schools nationally. Lampe graduated from Missouri State University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education, Speech and Theatre, and in 1976 with a Master of Science in Elementary Administration. After eight years as an elementary teacher, Sara helped co-create Missouri’s premier services for gifted students for the Springfield Public Schools. Today, the WINGS Programs span k-12 and offer an array of services from rapid acceleration to an International Baccalaureate Diploma. During this time she spent thirty-five years as an Adjunct professor at Drury University, twenty-five of which were spent serving as Coordinator and Principal of Phelps Center for the Gifted.
In 2004, shortly after retiring from teaching, Lampe ran and won a seat in the Missouri General Assembly. She served four two-year terms in the House of Representatives. While in office she held leadership positions as ranking member on budget, education special committee on the arts and downsizing state government. She fought for stronger laws in protecting students from bullying earning her the Horace Mann award from the Missouri National Education Association. Lampe also led her caucus to cast the deciding votes to pass a bill changing Southwest Missouri State University’s name to Missouri State University in 2005. After leaving office in 2012, Lampe was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to chair the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. She also became the coordinator for MOLEAD, The Missouri Leadership for Excellence, Achievement and Development, a statewide program to train school leaders
Sara Lampe has been a resident of Springfield, MO and Greene County for over fifty years. She has dedicated the whole of her career to children, students, the community and advancing education for all. Now, a retired Educator, Missouri Legislator, and Educational consultant, Sara serves as Elder and President of the Board at South Street Christian church and is the former Deputy Director of Care to Learn. As a local not for profit, the mission of Care to Learn is to provide immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger and hygiene so every student can be successful in school.
Among her many years of professional experience, Sara has been the recipient of many awards including, but not limited to:
· Honorary Doctorate in Public Affairs from Missouri State University.
· K.C. Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference:
Evelyn Wasserstrom Award
· Missouri National Education Association: Horace Mann Award
· National Alliance on Mental Illness: Outstanding Legislator
· Gifted Association of Missouri: Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Legislator
· National Association for Gifted Children: Educator of the Year
· Missouri Community College Association: Outstanding Legislator
· University of Missouri Graduation Professional Council: Distinguished Legislator
· Southwest Missouri Association of School Administrators: Outstanding Legislator
· Missouri Business and Professional Women: Woman of the Year
· Missouri Autism Community: Friend of Families of Children with Autism
· Gateway Chapter Autism Society of America: Outstanding Legislator
· Southwest Independent Living Center: Outstanding Legislator