I’m running for the Orange County Board of Education because every single child in our community deserves a world-class education, and as a parent, former teacher, and education nonprofit leader, I'm committed to making this a reality. 

I understand the power of a great education because it was a game-changer for me. While I was growing up, my dad operated a printing press, sometimes working multiple jobs at a time, and my mom eventually put herself through night school to become a nurse. My parents wanted me to succeed in school so that I wouldn’t face the financial struggles they did. With their support, and incredible teachers, I got on a path to college and a successful career. I also found my purpose: Working for great public schools for all kids.

My 20-year career has been dedicated to the effort to improve public education so that all kids, regardless of their family’s income or their race or their neighborhood, get an excellent education. I'm proud to have my own children attend Orange County Schools, and it's been a wonderful experience for our family. Still, there is work to be done: Too many students leave our schools unprepared to thrive in college, their career, and life. We've got to change this reality. 

As a former teacher, I understand that the challenges facing our schools are complex, and sometimes seem to get bigger every day. But despite the challenges, I’m also an optimist. I've seen what's possible when we come together. 

As a board member, I will be committed to deep partnership and rigorous learning to find solutions to our challenges; to operating transparently and communicating proactively, so you know what's going on; and to centering every decision, every day, on what will best serve the students in our charge. I am grateful for your support.


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  • endorsed

    “Sarah will bring renewed energy to the Orange County School Board through her experience as a teacher, parent, and community activist with a commitment to improving racial equity.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Sarah Smylie because she'll bring her extensive teaching experience to the school board, as well as fresh ideas and perspectives. Her community approach to creating equitable educational opportunities will help move our county forward and I look forward to her leadership.”

  • endorsed

    “I have served on the School Improvement Team at Cameron Park Elementary School with Sarah and I also know her as a neighbor and fellow mother. I have been impressed with how well she digests data, generates great ideas, and offers thoughtful suggestions. She is a strong collaborator and I am relieved and excited that she is willing to serve on the school board.”

  • endorsed

    “Sarah Smylie stands for all students and will help us build equity in our school systems. I wholeheartedly support her campaign!”

January 12, 2018

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “Sarah will bring renewed energy to the Orange County School Board through her experience as a teacher, parent, and community activist with a commitment to improving racial equity.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Sarah Smylie because she'll bring her extensive teaching experience to the school board, as well as fresh ideas and perspectives. Her community approach to creating equitable educational opportunities will help move our county forward and I look forward to her leadership.”

  • endorsed

    “I have served on the School Improvement Team at Cameron Park Elementary School with Sarah and I also know her as a neighbor and fellow mother. I have been impressed with how well she digests data, generates great ideas, and offers thoughtful suggestions. She is a strong collaborator and I am relieved and excited that she is willing to serve on the school board.”

  • endorsed

    “Sarah Smylie stands for all students and will help us build equity in our school systems. I wholeheartedly support her campaign!”