A couple decades after graduating from high school, the Luray resident enrolled in LFCC this past summer. She picked Lord Fairfax because it serves the Page County area.
“Now that I’m actually an LFCC student, there’s no other school that I would rather be in right now,” Williams says. “I feel incredibly lucky that this happened to be the school in my area. It’s been a pleasure from start to finish.
“Every single person has been totally committed to helping me be successful, from financial aid, to the business office, to the bookstore. All of my professors have been amazing. It’s a great, great school, and its people want you to succeed.”
She and her husband, Chad Tinney, moved to Luray four years ago for his work with the National Park Service. A California native, Williams has run several restaurants with Tinney in Texas. But, for the last seven years, she has mostly been a stay-at-home mom to her four children; the oldest is a student at Reynolds Community College, her second child is in eighth grade, and she has sixth-grade twins.
Noticing the turmoil present nationwide right now, “I really felt it was the time for me to be the best version of myself possible,” Williams says.
“I would really love to get into the peace building and justice program at Eastern Mennonite University,” she says of her transfer hopes. “I just have to do something that’s going to make the world a little bit better.”
While she likes all of her professors, Williams cites English professor Ruth Holmes and U.S. History professor Anna Kiefer as favorites.
“I took Professor Holmes’ English composition class online in the summer, and she was so, so wonderful and encouraging, supportive, helpful and approachable, that being in her class really gave me the confidence to say, ‘You’re going to be in school full-time, and you can do this,’” Williams says. “The other class I really love and look forward to each week is U.S. History I with Anna Kiefer. She’s so incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about her subjects and she makes history so accessible.
“As an older student, it’s really been fun and interesting to be in a class with people half my age and watch them getting turned on to ideas that they’ve never been exposed to before, or make connections they’ve never made before. I think going back to school at 40 is actually a really great idea.”