For immediate release from the North Carolina Association of Educators

RALEIGH, NC (March 28, 2022) – Sarah Montgomery, senior policy advocate for the North Carolina Justice Center, is the 2022 recipient of the NCAE Friend of Education Award, given annually to a person or group that positively impacts public education and educators.

Montgomery joined the NC Justice Center in March 2017 as a policy advocate with the Education & Law Project. She draws on two decades of community development experience, working with non-profits in New York City, Nicaragua, and North Carolina with a focus on education rights, access, and community engagement. She has been a driving force in the development of Every Child NC, a community-led coalition advocating for equitable school funding and organizing around Leandro.

“NCAE has a longstanding partnership with the NC Justice Center, and Sarah has been a valuable part of the work the two organizations have achieved together,” said NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly. “She has demonstrated that she is a true advocate for the children of North Carolina and for public education and has tirelessly immersed herself in ensuring our schools are adequately funded.”

President Walker Kelly presented the award to Montgomery during the Second Business Session of the virtual NCAE Convention on Saturday, March 26.


The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), is the state’s largest education advocacy organization for public school employees and represents active, retired, and student members.