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Sarah Raby has announced her candidacy for a seat on the Fayetteville Board of Education in the Nov. 6 election.
Sarah was born and raised in Fayetteville, N.C. She graduated from Fayetteville High School and East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., with a bachelor of science in education. In March 1970, she began her teaching career with the Cumberland County School System where she taught first grade. That fall, she taught second grade and met her future husband, Jack Raby, Jr.
After being married, the couple moved to Murfreesboro in 1971 in order for Jack to finish college. Sarah began teaching third grade in Lynchburg in January of 1972. Therefore, they moved to Fayetteville. In 1973, Sarah began a 29-year career of teaching fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grades with Fayetteville City Schools. She received her master’s degree in education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1975.
Sarah and Jack have two daughters, Elizabeth and Leslie, who attended Fayetteville City Schools.
In the year 2002, Sarah retired from teaching 30 years in Tennessee. She went to work for Madison County Board of Education in Huntsville, Ala. She has taught eighth grade math and algebra for the last 10 years at Meridianville Middle School. She will retire Oct. 31 from that system.
Over her career in education, Sarah has received numerous awards, including “Teacher of the Year” honors for Fayetteville City Schools in 1983, Fayetteville Junior High School in 1994 and 2002 and Meridianville Middle School in 2004.
She has assumed a number of leadership roles throughout her career, including a leading role in teacher in-service during her tenure in Tennessee, as well as a new teacher mentor and statewide mathematics textbook committee member. Additionally, she served on the Scholastic Math Magazine Advisory Council, attending two meetings in New York City.
Sarah has held professional memberships in the National Education Association, Alabama Education Association and Madison County Education Association since 2002. Prior to accepting a teaching position in Alabama, she was a member of the National Education Association, Tennessee Education Association and Fayetteville Education Association from 1973 to 2002, serving as a state committee person several times, local president and local treasurer several times, committee chairperson for all committees and negotiator for the teachers with the local school board.
She is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), attending southeastern and state conferences.
“When I taught in Fayetteville City Schools, I felt as though I was one of the luckiest teachers anywhere,” Sarah said in announcing her candidacy for a city school board seat. “The superintendents and principals under whom I worked were professional and always wanted what was best for the children. Every day, I felt as though I was rubbing shoulders with the best teachers anywhere. For the most part, the children that I taught were very well behaved and seemed to value their education.
“My children were privileged to have been taught by the best,” she added. “It was a joy to work for a system in which the employees were appreciated and held accountable for doing the best that they could do. This philosophy was passed on to the students.
“I have always had the system in my heart,” Sarah said. “Over the past 10 years, I have been amazed with the growth in Fayetteville City Schools. I would like to be a part of that and use my education background to continue the tradition of the school system.
“I would like to ‘give back’ to Fayetteville City Schools and to the community,” she added. “With my 43 years experience in education, I feel that I could be an asset to the system in the capacity of a school board member. I am willing to give my time to a system that has given me so much. It would be an honor for me to serve the people and children of Fayetteville.”