(Feb. 19, 2021) Sara Thompson, the former District 3 representative on the Worcester County Board of Education, was asked to attend the school board meeting on Tuesday to receive something. Little did she know she would be recognized for more than 26 years of service to the county school system by having the Worcester County Board of Education room at the central office in Newark renamed after her.
“It’s wonderful. I just can’t believe it. I still can’t hardly believe it,” Thompson said in an interview on Wednesday. “I’m just in shock that they wanted to do that for me. It’s such an honor.”
The 82-year-old Berlin resident retired from the board in December.
“I enjoyed working with all of the board members from way back 26 years ago. I still keep up with some of them today,” she said. “I had some great superintendents. Dr. [Jon] Andes was a wonderful superintendent. Dr. [Terrance] Greenwood, I worked with him. And Mr. Taylor, I just think he is doing such a fabulous job in these trying times.”
The idea to rename the board room came from the school leadership team and was supported by Superintendent Lou Taylor.
“It is my great honor to come before you today in recognition of the incredible dedication and years of service of our recently retired board of education member Mrs. Sara Davis Thompson,” Taylor said during the presentation on Tuesday. “Mrs. Thompson has served as a member of our board of education for over a quarter of a century, making her the longest tenure ever here in Worcester County and one of the longest tenures in Maryland.”
He added that she has touched thousands of lives throughout her service.
“She is an icon in our school system. She never misses an event or an opportunity to show our students and staff how much she, and the board of education, cares for and supports them,” Taylor continued. “I’ve never known anyone put in as many hours, including myself, as Mrs. Thompson has put in over the last 26-plus years.”
Andes made a motion to approve the naming of the Sara D. Thompson Board of Education Room and it passed unanimously.
Thompson added that she is still overwhelmed about the dedication.
She is a life-long resident of Worcester County and an alumna of Stephen Decatur High School and served as a substitute teacher at the high school on Seahawk Road in Berlin for 30 years. She has been receiving phone calls about the dedication from former students she taught as a substitute.
Thompson plans to still be involved in the county school system by attending events such as athletics games and theater productions.