Sarah Schantz & Mary Lang
December 2016 KSSN Spotlight
For the month of December, we are shining a bright spotlight on our dynamic duo at North Godwin Elementary in the Godwin Heights Public Schools district--our community school coordinator, Sarah Schantz, and Principal Mary Lang.
Sarah and Mary have been at North Godwin for six years. As principal, Mary spends as much time as possible visiting classrooms to get a firsthand look at the learning that is taking place, and connecting with her students and their families. As community school coordinator, Sarah does everything from meeting with community partners to assisting families with basic needs, and helping students develop good attendance habits.
When asked what they are most proud of, Mary and Sarah both say it is the hardworking, dedicated staff; the teachers go above and beyond each and every day to make a difference. And nothing exemplifies this dedication more than when a North Godwin family recently suffered a devastating house fire. The entire school banded together immediately to help--within hours of the fire, the family had bags of clothes, gift cards for food, and a warm place to stay. One of the teachers even took in the family’s dog for a few nights. The North Godwin staff walked alongside the family for months through the tragedy, helping them find housing, working with insurance companies, and even collecting money to replace a family pet that was lost in the fire. Sarah said it was gratifying to see so many people working together to support one of the families.
When Mary is not busy at the school, she enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband have three kids: 17-year-old identical twin boys and a 21-year-old daughter in college. Sarah also loves spending time with her family; she and her husband have a “very energetic” two-year-old boy and are expecting the fourth member of their family, a little girl, in March. She also loves dancing and takes a weekly tap dance class, and now her son even takes a dance class at the same studio!
Mary and Sarah, we are proud to spotlight you both for the month of December. You and the North Godwin staff are true assets to the KSSN network, and we are inspired by how much you give each and every day.