Wake Ed

Social studies teachers serving on Wake County school board

It’s not unusual for retired teachers to become school board members, but the Wake County school board could be unique in having three educators who were social studies teachers.

On Tuesday, Zora Felton, a social studies teacher who retired in June, will be sworn in to take the District 7 seat she won in October. Also being sworn in Tuesday is board member Tom Benton, a retired social studies teacher and principal, who was elected in October to the District 1 seat he had been appointed to earlier this year.

Also serving on the school board is Kevin Hill, a retired social social studies teacher and principal, who was first elected in 2007.

“I guess all the talk about civics we put into practice,” Benton said.

Both Benton and Felton will take the oath of office from Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway, who was a student at Sanderson High School in Raleigh when both board members taught there in the 1970s. Ridgeway was one of Felton’s students.

“We’re all living our passion,” Felton said.

Benton is hoping that Wendell Murray, who was Sanderson’s principal when he and Felton worked there, will attend Tuesday’s meeting.