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Darrion Cockrell

Darrion Cockrell

Keynote Speaker: Former Gang Member & Missouri’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

Darrion Cockrell Biography

Darrion Cockrell is Missouri’s 2021 Teacher of the Year and NEA’s 2021 Horace Mann Friend of Education award winner.

Born and raised in the city of St. Louis up until the age of 14. At 14 Cockrell was moved into a boy’s home out in Creve Coeur where he would stay for a year. After a year in the boy’s home Cockrell was adopted by his middle school football coach and stayed with them for the next 11 years in Chesterfield. While living in Chesterfield, Cockrell attended both Parkway Central Middle and Central Highschool.

After playing college football at Millikin University for 2 years and injuring his shoulder. Cockrell returned home and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education/Physical Education and a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Cockrell or Mr. DC as he likes to be called, teaches physical education at Crestwood Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri. He has nine years of teaching experience and has been at Crestwood since 2015.

Cockrell is a role model for his students, and focuses on creating relationships that support the importance of staying active and healthy. He is always willing to lend a helping hand, inspires his fellow teachers, and motivates everyone at Crestwood.

Cockrell received a 2020 National Box Tops for Education Twilight Award, from Chance the Rapper. He also created the “Crest-Fit” training program, reaching thousands of people over multiple platforms. In his free time, DC enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active, and supporting his students as they thrive in their activities.

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Darrion Cockrell Videos

Darrion Cockrell's Journey From Gang Member to Teacher of the ...
HM Podcast Ep. 26: Darrion Cockrell on Being Named Missouri ...
This Is My Story: Darrion Cockrell

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What topics does Darrion Cockrell speak about?

Darrion Cockrell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Social Activism, Education Motivation, Teacher Motivation, Overcoming Adversity, Family & Parenting, Addiction & Recovery, Diversity and Education.

Where does Darrion Cockrell travel from?

Darrion Cockrell generally travels from St. Louis, MO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Darrion Cockrell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Social Activism, Education Motivation and Teacher Motivation. The estimated speaking fee range to book Darrion Cockrell for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Darrion Cockrell generally travels from St. Louis, MO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are David Verdu, Terry Doyle and Keith L. Brown. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Darrion Cockrell for an upcoming event.

Darrion Cockrell Videos

Darrion Cockrell's Journey From Gang Member to Teacher of the ...
HM Podcast Ep. 26: Darrion Cockrell on Being Named Missouri ...
This Is My Story: Darrion Cockrell
2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year Darrion Cockrell Recognition ...

Darrion Cockrell Reviews

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