With goals to improve local education, Sonya Powell is planning to return to the county’s education board.
Next to supporters, she filed Tuesday afternoon with officials from the Sampson County Board of Elections. Powell previously served as the vice chairman for the Sampson County Board of Education.
“To me nothing is more important than good education,” Powell said. “My goal as a member of the Sampson County Board of Education will be to seek every avenue available to make sure all the children in Sampson County receive a good education.”
Another focus for Powell is the safety of children and students in the district.
“I look forward to being a part of the continuing effort to make every school in the county safe as possible,” she said. “My passion for education is genuine. I will always be an advocate for the child.”
The Sampson County native graduated from Roseboro-Salemburg High School and attended Winston-Salem State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English education. She continued her education at Campbell University and received a master’s degree.
Her first teaching job was at Lakewood High School. She’s currently a seventh-grade English Language Arts teacher at Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School. Since her time away from the board, Powell has been involved in many organizations. She served as the president of the Lakewood Advisory Council, which helps district schools in Western Sampson County; and the Democratic Women of Sampson County, and the Democratic Women of North Carolina.
She also the vice president of the Duplin-Sampson Winston-Salem State University National Alumni Association and is a member of the St. Thomas AME Zion Church in Roseboro.
Powell is married to William Powell, a former coach in the Sampson County district. Together, they have three children, Darius Powell, Brandon Powell and Vreeahn Powell. All of Powell’s grandchildren have been products of the school system.
She’s the third Sampson County resident to file for a seat on the board. Incumbent and vice vhair Kim Schmidlin was the first to file for another term. Schmidlin owns and runs the Dunn-based business Carolina Therapy Services. She is one of four board members up for reelection this year. The others are Mary B. Brown, Telfair Simpson and Dewain Sinclair. Brown and Simpson recently stated that they don’t plan to run for another term.
Clinton City Schools chairwoman Carol Worley filed Tuesday to keep her seat on the board, as did Georgina Zeng for school board and Kemely Pickett for sheriff. See stories on Worley, Zeng and Pickett in Thursday’s edition of The Sampson Independent.
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