On September 29, 2022, the Buncombe County Democratic Party hosted a forum for all ACS Board candidates. Watch the video here:
As a candidate for the Asheville City School Board, Sarah's focus is on:
The Asheville City School system faces challenges. Sarah's professional experience as a teacher and an attorney, her extensive service on boards and commissions, and her years as a parent in the ACS system have given her the skills needed to help the ACS Board navigate these issues.
I believe my particular skills and experience are needed right now to steer the Asheville City School system through some challenges.
I married a Western North Carolina native and have been a resident of Asheville for almost 25 years. Our 2 children attended the Asheville City Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Over those years I have been deeply involved as a public school parent: I served as a robotics coach and a math tutor; I worked the concession stands during football games; I set up for and cleaned up after countless school events. For 14 years, I have shown up for the Asheville City Schools.
I have over two decades of experience serving on local, regional, and national boards and commissions, which is important because I’m seeking to serve on a Board of Education to work with others to forward the mission of the Asheville City School System. By serving on boards and commissions, I’ve learned how to facilitate meetings; how to be quiet and listen; how to pull in all voices at the table; how to read a balance statement; and how to keep a responsible budget.
My first professional job was as a public high school social studies teacher. I understand firsthand how challenging and how rewarding the teaching profession can be. I am now a partner in the law firm of McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A. in Asheville. As an estate planning attorney, I help people plan for the future. Whether that be sickness, death, divorce, or children with mental health or substance abuse issues, we make plans.
The Asheville City School system – like all public school systems across the state – faces significant challenges: financial pressures; exhausted teachers; and students with unprecedented mental health challenges. I believe that my professional experience as a teacher and an attorney, my extensive service on boards and commissions, and my 14 years as a parent and volunteer and advocate for our schools have given me the skills needed to help the Asheville City School Board navigate these and other issues.
Committed to our schools + Committed to our students + Committed to our teachers
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