September 2012 — (by Mary Long (SVA); also appears in the Sept 2012 edition of Visitor magazine).
When Sarah Axmaker graduated from SVA in 1997, she had no idea that her journey would lead right back to this campus. Sarah was the first person to receive a GHRoW scholarship back in 1993, two years after the organization formed as a way to help worthy students achieve their dream of attending SVA.
Sarah earned her B.A. in Education from Columbia Union College (now WAU) in 2001. She taught in Honduras for 2 ½ years, first as a 6th grade teacher in the public school system. She then taught K-12 English for the Adventist mission on a campus of nearly 250 students.
Working briefly as a substitute teacher in Maryland, Sarah joined Potomac Conference in the fall of 2004 as the head teacher of Hampton Roads SDA School in Virginia. Here she became reacquainted with fellow student Todd Coulter. The couple married in 2007 and taught together at Yale Adventist Elementary for 6 years.
Sarah is currently the Pre-K and K teacher at SVA’s sister school, Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary. Her husband is employed at SVA. Sarah’s article “I Wanna: The Art of Persuasion” was recently published in the Journal of Adventist Education.
Sarah will always be grateful for the assistance she had received from GHRoW, founded and funded by SVA alumni. To find out more about their scholarships, visit GHRoW.org.