"With a background in education and passion for community development, working within the College Access sphere enables me to stay connected with youth while ensuring the potential of our community is cultivated and built upon.
Helping youth successfully reach their post-secondary goals gives me hope for the future and an opportunity to support students who are underrepresented, under-served, or like me, are first-generation students!"
- Sarah Wray
Sarah Wray is a graduate of James Madison University with a major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Women's Studies. After graduating, Sarah taught Pre-K in Savannah, Ga for three years before returning to her hometown of Patrick County, Virginia.
Since the fall of 2013, Sarah has worked as the Assistant Program Coordinator at the Reynolds Homestead where she works closely with the local schools, homeschool groups, and the community to provide educational programs for students and families as well as providing resources for local teachers. In 2016 Sarah's role was expanded and she began working with the College Access Collaborative at Virginia Tech. This part of her position is focused on providing college access for the region. She works to schedule college campus visits, financial aid/scholarship workshops, professional development for teachers, and college information for students and their families. Sarah also plans and implements yearly summer camps and works to extend the educational reach of Reynolds Homestead each day. After the creation of the Low Ropes Challenge Course at Reynolds Homestead, Sarah began training as a facilitator and since has led hundreds of students and adults through teambuilding and leadership experiences.
Sarah values the importance of non-profit work in local communities and co-founded One Family Productions, a non-profit organization that works to support and promote community enrichment and growth. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, working in the community, time with her pets and supporting live music.