Get to Know: Sarah Varner

by Brandon Berrio
Get to Know: Sarah Varner

BATON ROUGE – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes recently hired Sarah Anne Varner as a learning specialist, the department announced Thursday.

Varner comes to LSU from the University of Florida where she worked as a learning specialist and strategy tutor. In Baton Rouge, Varner will provide LSU student-athletes with individualized instructional and educational support.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to join the CCASCA team,” Varner said. “I look forward to working collaboratively alongside the CCASCA staff to execute the strategic plan and vision to provide LSU’s student-athletes with exceptional support services. I am driven by a desire to prepare student-athletes for success beyond their athletic and academic careers at LSU.”

A graduate of the University of Florida, Varner worked in Atlanta, Georgia, as an elementary school teacher, Title I federal programs facilitator, and supportive instruction specialist. While working as a Title I federal programs facilitator, Varner designed and orchestrated the implementation of a culturally responsive program that addressed the diversity and inclusion of minority student populations due to large-scale redistricting efforts.

During her time in primary education, Varner was also involved in the planning, development, and district-wide adoption of an online learning management system due to her previous research experience related to blended learning, instructional accessibility, and bridging the minority achievement gap.

While earning her Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with a concentration in elementary education and her Master of Education with a concentration in special education from Florida, Varner also obtained additional credentials in reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Varner is an Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) certified practitioner and brings with herspecialized training in reading intervention, multi-sensory learning, and educational testing and evaluation.

“We are very excited to add Sarah to our learning specialist team,” Carli Faulkner, LSU Academic Center Manager of Student Learning said. “She is a passionate individual who wants to assist student-athletes in not only their academics but life after. She brings a different skillset to our team, as a former elementary teacher and assistant learning specialist at the University of Florida. We cannot wait for the things that she has to offer at the Cox Academic Center for Student-Athletes.”

The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square foot facility comprised of academic affairs, student affairs and an information technology teams, serving more than 530 student-athletes. The purpose is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation and life beyond.