Mrs. Sarah Evans-Brockett, the vice president of the Perkiomen Valley School Board, has impacted many student’s and adult’s lives through her years volunteering and working in the Perkiomen Valley School District. She graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in psychology and then went on to pursue her master’s degree in social work at the University of Pennsylvania.
“By that time, I knew I liked working with children, and particularly children with learning differences, so I decided to pursue becoming a school social worker.” Evans-Brockett said.
In Evans-Brockett’s early years, she moved quite a bit since her father was in the Navy. She found it difficult to make friends since she felt shy and introverted. She has suffered with anxiety, which used to make her feel ashamed and embarrassed. Throughout her years, she learned that many others struggle with anxiety and depression and the more it is talked about, the more normalized it has become.
Little over a year ago, she started posting daily kindness quotes on social media, mostly for herself. She experienced some sort of unkindness or saw something in the world that upset her. As time went on, many people thanked and supported her, so she continued to post positive quotes for herself and others.
“This has been a rough year for all of us and I am not, by nature, the kindest of people, but I found myself trying more, being more patient, smiling…BE KIND has become my mantra.” said Evans-Brockett.
Evans-Brockett has been on the Perkiomen Valley School Board since November 2017. She has served on the Skippack Home and School Board from 2013-2018, and served three of those years as president. She was elected in November 2019 for a four year term and is serving as the Vice President of the Perkiomen Valley School Board for the 2020-2021 year. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and reading. Before the pandemic, she would volunteer at Skippack Elementary in a couple of first grade classrooms, enjoy lunch with her friends, and spend time browsing at Target.
She also created and manages the PV Power Packs Program, which was formed to supply food to students with food insecurities on weekends, provided solely on donations. Students are able to receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch on the weekdays and the program has even been expanded to include food during the summers, clothing needs, holiday gifts, school supplies, and whatever other needs may arise in the community.
“We can’t expect students to perform to their ability and take advantage of all PV has to offer if they are worried about where their next meal might come from. Children are faced with so many pressures these days and mental health issues are on the rise. If I can help by taking one worry away from them, it is the very least I can do.” said Evans-Brockett.