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Sarah Barthelow Murphy
Lopez Island School BoardDirector #3 Position


Hi there! I’m Sarah. Some of you know me as Sarah Barthelow but my married name is Sarah Murphy. I grew up here; I was born and raised on Lopez in the 80s and 90s (back when the Southend Market was still called “Islandale” and we all waited in Lane One.) In the summer of 2021, I moved back to Lopez with my family. My husband, Gabe, and I have three children: Kyla (12), Lachlan (3) and Mira (6 months).


I attended Lopez elementary, middle and high schools before heading out into the bigger world. I graduated with degrees in anthropology from Stanford University (BA) and the University of Oxford (MSc). I later went on to receive a teaching certificate and, most recently, a masters in Child and Adolescent Psychology from UW.


I've spent my career working in education and look forward to putting my skills to work for the community as a member of the school board. 


  • 15 years experience in schools as a classroom teacher, administrator, and school counselor

  • Founded and ran a national educational innovation consulting company

  • Former board member Lopez Island Family Resource Center

  • Former executive board member of two educational non-profits

  • Served as a founding faculty  member  for a new Seattle-area high school

  • Licensed child and adolescent mental health counselor - trained in active listening and communication skills

  • Teaching credential with coursework in the social and cultural foundations of education

  • Experienced with curriculum development for grades 5-12 in math, English, history, PE, design thinking


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Financial Sustainability

I will work toward creating a financially sustainable model to ensure a quality education for our students and future generations.

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Innovative learning

I will support the programs that make Lopez unique and explore creative learning opportunities that benefit a small school and district.

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Communication and Transparency

I will engage in active communication with Lopez teachers, students, and community and provide information about process, policy, and decisions. 


 "Sarah would make an amazing contribution to the School Board with her history with the school, her knowledge of child development and mental health, and the breadth of her educational background and hands-on knowledge. We could not ask for more!"

Karen Eames

“Sarah represents the competence, character, commitment, skill, experience and spirit of community our school district needs right now."

Jane Fuller

County Council Representative

"I’m 100% confident that Sarah Murphy will serve the community and school well as a member of the board and couldn’t be happier to give her my endorsement."

Meredith Perry

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