Sarah Baray

CEO of Pre-K for SA

City of San Antonio


Sarah Baray, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer of Pre-K 4 SA.

Dr. Baray joined Pre-K 4 SA in 2016 bringing more than 25 years of education experience to the program. Before joining Pre-K 4 SA, Dr. Baray was a professor at Texas State University where she directed the Ph.D. in School Improvement program and served as a researcher and instructor in the Educational and Community Leadership program. Prior to Texas State, Dr. Baray worked in the Austin Independent School District, serving in various roles including teacher, principal, and district administrator.

Dr. Baray holds a Ph.D. in Executive Public School Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees. Her research interests center on policies and practices related to educational equity. As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Baray utilizes research to inform practice, particularly as it relates to the role of high-quality early learning in long-term educational outcomes. Dr. Baray has authored dozens of articles and book chapters and provided extensive professional development to help educators become more culturally responsive.

Dr. Baray enjoys living along the river in the heart of San Antonio and is active in the community. She serves on the boards of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas and the UP Partnership and received the 2020 Women’s Leadership Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. Dr. Baray is married to Ray Baray, a native of San Antonio and Chief of Staff for the International City/County Management Association. Their daughter is a recent graduate of American University in Washington, D.C.