As a recent graduate of Mississippi State University, Sarah was eager to find a teaching position in Orlando in the fall of 1969. Boone High School Principal John Pitts offered her a job as a typing teacher and yearbook sponsor. This was the beginning of 44 wonderful years as a Boone Brave. Her teaching assignments changed over the years transitioning from typing, shorthand and exploratory teaching to the computer and digital design.
Eager to show her students how much she appreciated their dedication in the classroom as well as to their teams, she and her husband John attended every football game (home and away) as well as basketball games. It was a fun time seeing the devotion of her students to their team, their coach and to Boone. Within a couple of years, they were going to baseball, girls’ basketball and softball.
In 1994, Sarah and her husband, John, hosted the first of eleven exchange students. This opened more doors for attending Boone sporting events. She was now a host mother to boys who participated in cross country, football, wrestling, soccer, swimming, water polo, tennis, lacrosse and track. This experience helped her to learn more about these sports as well as supporting the teams. During those years, she sold tickets for games, baked treats and went on lots of road trips.
It was exciting when a group of coaches got together in 1998 and formed Boone’s Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize the legacy of sports at Boone – coaches, athletes and boosters. Sarah was glad when Bill Lowry asked to help with many of the projects.
John and Sarah were married in July before she began her teaching career at Boone. They have two children that graduated from Boone and a grandson who one day will be a Boone Brave. In 2013, Sarah retired from Boone cherishing many amazing memories and feeling blessed to have made so many great friends.