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Meet Sarah

I'm a lifelong Native Oklahoman.  My roots run deep in the rich red clay of our state, with my family living in Oklahoma for over 100 years.  

Sarah Carnes for HB 47

Sarah Carnes, 2018 Candidate for Representative HD 47

I was delivered by my father, Dr. Paul Adair Mobley, D.O. in our home in Chelsea, OK.  My family later moved to Claremore, where I spent my childhood enjoying the beauty of "Green Country."  I am proud of my Cherokee ancestors and their pioneering spirit that built the farming communities of Talala and Adair. 

Mobley

Adair-DeLozier-Mobley Family

I grew up in a blended family in Oklahoma City, enjoying the love and friendship of my three sisters, Elizabeth, Christie, and Rachel.  I have two brothers John and Philip of Pryor, OK.

My parents are Larry and Susan Morrow of Oklahoma City and Dr. Paul and Joy Mobley of Pryor.  I have family in Yukon, Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Newcastle, Pryor, Vinita, Disney, and across this great state.  My sisters, cousins DeAnn, David, Jennifer, Michelle, and I were fond of spending time at my Uncle Henry and Aunt Margaret Mobley's farm in Newcastle in the summertime.  We created a lot of fond memories there growing up!

Newcastle

Mobley Cousins in Newcastle, OK

I attended Madison Elementary School, Polk 5th Grade Center, Taft Middle School, and graduated from Northwest Classen High School, all Oklahoma City Public Schools. 

My Christian faith was nurtured at Northwest Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. I attended Sunday school from 1st grade through my senior year in high school.  I sang in the children's choir and played the xylophone, served local shut-ins, participated in community outreach with the youth group, played on the church volleyball and softball teams, and annually attended church camp at Central Christian Camp near Guthrie, OK. 

When I was a teenager, I couldn't wait to begin working.  Before I was 16 years old, I started my first job at C.R. Anthony's at Lakeshore Mall.  While attending college, I gained additional retail and customer service experience as a Liz Claiborne representative at Dillard's.  My first teaching experience was as a substitute teacher for Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) while I was attending the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), during my Bachelor and Master's degree studies.  My career at OKCPS spanned over 20 years.  Currently I'm educating students in our community as a Visual Arts teacher at Mustang High School.

The Fall of 1994 I started my student teaching at Windsor Hills Elementary in Putnam City Schools and in December, I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. 

In December 1994, I couldn't find a teaching position anywhere.  The Oklahoma market was saturated. January 1995, I enrolled at UCO, starting my Master's Degree. In 1996, I bought my first home in Oklahoma City.  This small bungalow offered me a large backyard for my new Black Lab rescue puppy, Bailey.  Putnam Heights offered easy highway access to travel to the UCO campus in Edmond and my job at Dillard's Quail Spring Mall.  

In 1997, I met my future husband Jeramy (lifelong Oklahoma Republican), received my Master's Degree in Special Education Learning Disabilities, and started a small business.  Early in my teaching career I always had a second (and sometimes third) job.  On days when I wasn't at Dillard's, I was working at Ted's Cafe Escondido (68th street).  My role at Ted's often involved just about anything I was asked to do, including parking lot attendant, hostess, tortilla and sopapilla cook, to-go orders, and special event catering.  My hard work allowed my husband and I to pay off our cars and experience international travel before we started our family.

Family Life

Jeramy and I were married on July 4, 1999.  I'm proud of my husband's accomplishments, including over 20 years in restaurant management. He started out as a dish washer for Casa Bonita.  He later took on roles as a line cook, then later moving into an Assistant Manager position.  He later relocated to Little Rock, AR and started to work along side Dave Younge at Casa Viva.  Jeramy missed Oklahoma.  He was recruited by lifelong friend Steve Stavinoha and hired by Ted Curtis at Ted's Cafe' Escondido in Oklahoma City.  Jeramy worked for Ted's nearly 10 years.  Jeramy was also an Assistant Manager at Zio's Italian Kitchen and The Elephant Bar.  Jeramy currently supports our family as an Independent Contractor, Recycling Consultant, and manages and maintains our rental property.  

Wedding-Northwest Christian Church, OKC

We moved to Yukon in 2003, buying a home in Westbury South, when our family outgrew our home in Putnam Heights.  Our oldest daughter Savannah (age 16) has already caught the entrepreneurial spirit.  Her interests include making and developing beef jerky recipes, cooking, designing hand crafted wallets and accessories, and sharing her compassion for animal welfare.  Our youngest daughter, Julienne (age 12), enjoys drawing, painting, photography, being outdoors, and is an 'animal lover'. 

We attend United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd on SW 15th between Sara Road and Mustang Road for at least 13+ years.

 

The Carnes Family

Education Highlights and Professional Accomplishments

I earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Master's of Education degree in Special Education-Learning Disability both from The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), Edmond.  I hold Oklahoma teaching certificates in four areas:  Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Mild Moderate Disabilities, and Visual Arts.  

Professional Organizations:

  • Mustang Education Association (MEA) - Member
  • Mustang Toastmaster's
  • National Art Educator Association (NAEA) - Member  
  • Oklahoma Art Educators Association (OAEA) - Elementary Education Division Chair, Youth Arts Month Co-chair, and Membership Chair
  • Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) -Board Committee Member
  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Oklahoma City Public Schools-Member & Site Representative
  • Association of University Women (AAUW) at UCO-past member

Recent Awards:

2017

  • NAEA Western Region Elementary Art Educator of the Year
  • NAEA Youth Arts Month Special Recognition Award
  • State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence - Visual Art Educator Award Recipient
  • State of Oklahoma, Citation of Congratulations from State Representative Mickey Dollens

2016

  • OAEA Art Educator of the Year
  • NAEA Youth Arts Month Special Recognition Award

2015

  • OAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year

2014

  •  Fund For Teachers Fellow Grant Recipient-$5,000 Travel Grant to study the Arts and Culture of Bali, Indonesia

Award

2017 Oklahoma Art Educator of the Year

Community Service

My interest in public service began early as a charter member of the Taft Middle School Kiwanis sponsored Builder's Club, established in partnership with the Northwest OKC Kiwanis Club.  During high school, I was elected Key Club President, Class Secretary, and Student Council Secretary.  I served as Oklahoma Key Club Lieutenant Governor for the Texas-Oklahoma District.  I was active in Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and volunteered regularly at Hospice of Central Oklahoma and the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

My community involvement continues today.  I serve as a Mustang Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) Site Representative, MPSF Spotlight on the Arts Entertainment, Decoration, and Donation Coordinator and Committee member, Mustang High School Art Club Volunteer Co-sponsor, DECA Fashion Show Model Selection Judge, 2018 Industrial Arts Competition Scholarship Committee member, and Mustang High School Hospitality Committee member. 

I love working in the community!  I've coordinated and volunteered a hands-on children's art tent at the Southwest 29th District Annual Dia de los Ninos Festival for several years.  I facilitated the logistics and installation of the 2018 Mustang Public School District Spring Art Show.

I've served as the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibit (OSAE) Visual Arts Scholarship Event (VASE) and live auction Volunteer Coordinator and Oklahoma State Fair Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator to install the OSAE 1,000 piece art exhibit.  I also recruit and coordinate Oklahoma Art Educator Association (OAEA) members to demonstrate art activities during the Oklahoma State Fair.

Sarah Carnes shares art with children

April 29, 2018 Dia de los Ninos Festival, Southwest 29th District 

Additional Activities:

  • Campfire Kids Parent Sponsor
  • Fillmore PTA Member
  • Fillmore Fall Festival and Carnival Volunteer
  • United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd (UMCGS):  Commitee Chair for Christ in Action, Committee Chair for Children's Day Out, Children's Ministry Member, Children's Choir Volunteer, Children's Sunday School Teacher, Children Programs, Annual Pumpkin Patch Volunteer, UMC Church Camp Craft Leader-Canyon Camp

I'm glad you've learned little bit more about me and look forward to meeting you at one of my upcoming events in our community.


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