Williams-Giersch seeks third term on school board

Sonya Williams-Giersch

Shenandoah County School Board member Rev. Sonya Williams-Giersch plans to run for another term.

Williams-Giersch admitted Friday that, until recently, she felt undecided about whether or not she wanted to seek re-election. That changed after some residents and members of the group Parents’ Alliance for Strong Schools asked her to run for a third term as the District 6 board member, she said. Williams-Giersch is in the process of collecting signatures to get on the ballot.

“I do believe we need to support our schools and we are blessed with a wonderful staff,” Williams-Giersch said.

Williams-Giersch, 49, is a Strasburg native and Strasburg High School graduate. She received her undergraduate degree in business and economics from Bridgewater College and her master’s from the University of Maryland University College. She worked in “corporate America” for years before entering the ministry and she recently received her certificate in theological studies from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.

“So I’m an advocate of life-long learning,” she said.

Williams-Giersch serves as pastor at the Gravel Springs Lutheran Church in Star Tannery and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Frederick County.

“For me, it was a hard decision [to run again] because I do enjoy it, but it was more of a time consideration,” Williams-Giersch said. “I hate to give something up, but also I have a very crazy schedule.”

Williams-Giersch lived in the Northern Virginia area for a few years before she and her husband Richard moved back to the county and put their daughter through the public school system.

“We wanted to move back home when she was born just because it’s home and it’s God’s country and we love it here,” Williams-Giersch said. “So I am very passionate about Shenandoah County and we do love it here and also passionate about education as well.”

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