The Hon. Sarah Mitchell
The Hon. Sarah Mitchell Minister of Education
Sarah Mitchell was born and raised in Gunnedah and has spent most of her life living in North-West New South Wales. She continues to live in Gunnedah with her husband Anthony and their daughters, Annabelle and Matilda.
Since entering parliament in 2011, Sarah has served on numerous committees and as Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health and Western NSW. In 2017, Sarah was appointed Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education.
In 2019, Sarah was appointed as Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning.
Sarah is a graduate of Gunnedah High School and is passionate about public education, particularly in regional and remote parts of NSW. As Minister, she is committed to ensuring every child – no matter where they are from – has access to top-quality education.
Since becoming Education Minister, Sarah has led the sector through one of the most challenging periods in history, navigating COVID-19 and state-wide lockdowns while ensuring continuity of education.
Sarah has lead evidence-based reform, introducing the School Success Model and putting students at the centre of decision making. Focused on closing the gap across all areas of disadvantage, Sarah recently introduced a revitalised regional strategy backed up with on-the-ground support.
Sarah is an active supporter of local community organisations and has been involved with several local charities, including the Gunnedah Family and Children’s Services and Gunnedah Paediatric and Maternity Support (PRAMS).
A young Minister who is invested in the public education system both personally and professionally, Sarah is committed to making NSW one of the best education systems in the world.