Sarah A. Ballard is a teacher at Murrah High School in Jackson, Mississippi, where she has taught English II and AP literature and composition for the past 15 years. She started her teaching career in Belzoni, Mississippi, as a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps. She was named Teacher of the Year at Humphrey County High School and at Murrah High School.
She renewed her National Board Certification in 2018. In 2019, she received the Mississippi Excellence in Education award for High School Teacher of the Year. She is most proud of working with students to resurrect The Pleiades, Murrah High School’s prestigious literary magazine.
Ms. Ballard resides in the historic Belhaven neighborhood in Jackson with her husband and 8-year-old twins.