Sara Johnston is an Aboriginal teacher who was appointed to Rutherford Public School as an Aboriginal Scholarship Recipient in 2009. Sara completed a Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts at University of Newcastle and in 2012, Sara completed a Master of Education majoring in Aboriginal Education and two minors of Boys Education and Language Acquisition. This year, Sara is working in an Assistant Principal's position where she supports teachers 3-6 to ensure that literacy and numeracy lessons exhibit high expectations and have Aboriginal Perspectives incorporated. Sara also works with an Aboriginal SLSO to support all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the school in a variety of ways and facilitate cultural programs with the help of the school's Aboriginal Education Team which includes more parents than teachers.
Sara is the President of Maitland Local AECG. Sara joined the AECG when it was reestablished in 2010 and she quickly became the Secretary. Sara has been a member of the executive and delegate to the Hunter Region AECG Meetings since 2010 and was elected as President in February, 2017. Sara represents the AECG at Local Management Group Meetings and has been pivotal in the implementation and delivery of Connecting to Country and the Pathways Awards.
Sara is also a dedicated unionist holding the position of Federation Representative at Rutherford PS, Aboriginal Contact for Maitland Teachers Association, Aboriginal Councillor and Aboriginal Observer at AEU Annual Conference and is a participant in the New Educators Network (NEN).