Susan Williams is a longtime resident of Saratoga Springs and has been an active member of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club since 2018. She is a past club Secretary and Lion Tamer who served as a Lions Club Board Member for several years. She has been a member of numerous Lions Club and CAS committees and has volunteered at many events and activities.
Susan retired from the Saratoga Springs City School District in 2012, having completed thirty-one years of teaching at the Saratoga Springs Junior and Senior High Schools – six years as a teacher of special education (during which time she served as a member of the Committee on the Handicapped) followed by twenty-five years as a teacher of foreign language, French. Prior to her tenure in Saratoga Springs, Ms. Williams also taught in the North Colonie Central School District (Shaker High School) and the Greater Johnstown School District. As a foreign language teacher, Susan organized and chaperoned over twenty-five educational student travel programs, mostly to France.
Susan was a longtime member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, and the American Association of Teachers of French, a professional organization within which she held positions of Chapter Secretary-Treasurer and National French Contest Administrator. She also served as a Board Member of the Saratoga Springs Teachers’ Association Executive Committee. Susan mentored a number of Master’s level student teacher interns and also organized and facilitated staff development writing seminars as a consultant affiliated with the Capital District Writing Project, SUNY Albany. As a Fulbright Commission Exchange Teacher, Susan had the honor of teaching at the Lycée François Rabelais in Dugny, France, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.
Ms. Williams holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts in foreign language and literature, French, from Skidmore College, Master of Science in Education in special education (learning disabilities) from The College of Saint Rose, as well as a Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française and Diplôme Supérieur d’Études Françaises from the Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. She has also studied at the Université de Paris, la Sorbonne, and has pursued advanced graduate coursework in Educational Leadership at The College of Saint Rose and SUNY Albany.
Aside from her professional career endeavors, Susan has actively supported numerous charitable organizations throughout the Capital District and beyond. She served her community as a Saratoga Springs GOP committeeman for over ten years.
Currently, Ms. Williams serves as a Board Member of Camp Abilities Saratoga.