We Congratulate Sara Richburg!
Holly Hill Elementary School
Last fall, Marissa Neal’s son, Jeffrey, had an accident that landed him in Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. His second grade teacher, Sara Richburg, didn’t let the distance stop her from making a difference, driving six-to-seven hours round trip to offer support to the family.
“What’s incredible,” Neal says, “is [she] knew she wouldn’t be permitted to come in the hospital, but still just wanted to be there for JJ and my family.”
Richburg’s support didn’t end with those long drives. Neal says she went above and beyond to help her son stay caught up with school and adapted her classroom to accommodate JJ’s wheelchair, even creating new activities to help him participate with the class.
“In my classroom we are one big family,” Richburg says. “We win as a family, and at times, we lose as a family. However, my students know that no matter what we go through as a group, we are a family that sticks together.”
”Through all of this she has become my friend, a support system who has calmed my concerns, and gone above and beyond to make me feel involved,” Neal says. “Even though I haven’t even been able to step foot in her classroom.”
“Being a teacher is not a job that you can just switch off once you leave your classroom and switch back on when you return to work the next morning.”
Richburg says, “I constantly worry over my students for various reasons. I worry about their home lives, I wonder if my lessons are engaging enough, I wonder if they are growing to their full potential, and I strive to ensure that they have important life skills all while teaching them their academic standards.”
Richburg has been teaching second grade at Holly Hill Elementary School in Enterprise for seven years. She says the main reason she became a teacher is because of the calling God placed on her heart and that her students make her job worthwhile.
“These students do not only become my kids for the year, they become mine for the rest of our lives,” says Richburg.
“She’s not just a teacher,” Neal says. “She is an inspiration and there aren’t enough words to praise her like she deserves.”
“The greatest thing I want my students to take away from my classroom and my teaching is that they are loved and they are capable of anything they dream to accomplish.”
Sara Richburg received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Troy University, a Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of West Alabama, and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Troy University.