Mrs. Sarah Williams
Which Valley Lutheran teacher has not only taught in Lutheran schools in both New Orleans and Colorado, but also has held a job in Germany? That would be Sarah Williams. When her husband received military orders to Germany, she took a civilian job there working with Family Services as the Director of the Teen Center. While running the center, it won the European Air Force Teen Center of the Year recognition and she won an Air Force World Wide Flight Specialist Award for the work she did there.
That experience led her to a passion for teaching high school students when she returned to the states, and now she teaches both AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition. Both of these advanced classes offer Dual Credit. In addition, she teaches Freshman English and Junior English and serves as head cheerleading coach and Student Council Advisor.
Mrs. Williams earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Concordia University Nebraska and her Masters in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix. Her connection with Valley began nine years ago as a substitute teacher for Mrs. Bergquist when she was on maternity leave, and the next year she joined the faculty permanently.
She commented, “I love that I get to have a relationship with my students where I get to witness their successes and stand by them when things get difficult.” That statement is a great match with words several students used to express what they appreciate about her: kind, understanding, patient, supportive and passionate.
Her son, Landon, is a student at Valley, and her husband is currently overseas working with the government and military as a Fire Inspector.