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Blunt Meets with Missouri Teachers of the Year

Tuesday, October 26, 2021


U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with Darrion Cockrell and Misty Grandel on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

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WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met with Darrion Cockrell, Missouri’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, and Misty Grandel, Missouri’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. Blunt released the following statement after their meeting: 

“Darrion and Misty exemplify the best of their profession. As a former high school teacher, I truly appreciate all they do to provide their students with the best possible education. Darrion, who credits his own interactions with teachers and coaches for changing his life, strives to do the same for his students through mentorship. Misty, now a teacher at her former high school, motivates her students to do their very best and take on new challenges, like the Advanced Placement program she established. I enjoyed meeting with them and discussing their work to help students build a strong foundation for success in life. Congratulations, Darrion and Misty, on achieving this honor and thank you for all you do for your students.” 

Darrion Cockrell, a St. Louis native, teaches physical education at Crestwood Elementary.

Misty Grandel is from Fordland and teaches English, Advanced Placement Language and Composition, Spanish, Yearbook and Journalism, and dual credit Speech and Leadership at Fordland High School.