Sandi Williams dedicated a total of 36 years of her professional career to the Lincoln County School District, twenty-seven of those as a K-8 classroom teacher. As a teacher, “sparking interest in others to learn” has been her mantra in project oriented curriculum. In a unit of Egypt she guided students to design their own outfits and create a group song and dance culminating in a performance as they discovered an ancient civilization. In another unit, students selected a medieval name to research, created a medieval festival, and set up a guild for hands-on learning. Sandi served on and led the District’s K-12 Arts Curriculum initiatives. As an OCCA board member she wants to help make arts learning connections with the area schools as OCCA reaches out in service to Lincoln county youth. Recently, Sandi assisted with the Washed Ashore project that engaged Lincoln County youth and OCCA. Years ago, she brought in Annie Painter, an Oregon artist, to work for a year with K-5 teachers enriching their understanding of the arts by showing them how to incorporate painting and all of its aspects into their curriculum.
Sandi started her career as a teaching assistant at Yaquina View Elementary school in Newport before going to east county to teach in Mary Harrison and Arcadia Elementary Schools in Toledo. After teaching at Newport Middle School, she became project director at the Siletz Middle School, where she was instrumental, along with the assistance of OCCA staff member Jan Eastman, in bringing arts back into that school.
In north county, Sandi taught at Oceanlake Elementary and at Taft Middle School in Lincoln City. She was principal of Sam Case Elementary in Newport and prior to retirement served as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Lincoln County School District.
Sandi’s honors and awards are many including, Teacher of the Year, Oregon Mentor Teacher, Administrator of the Year, White House National Award Recipient for Drug Prevention Program, to name a few. Exemplifying her constant passion for learning, in her retirement Sandi will continue studying music theory, art pottery, and photography. She is also taking classical guitar and clarinet lessons. She and her husband have served as Opera Hosts and enjoy attending the Jazz Party as well as events at the Visual Arts Center. For Sandi, serving on the Board of Directors for OCCA means helping to ensure that there are quality arts opportunities along the Oregon Coast for everyone to access and enjoy.