When Caitlin Lang graduated from St. William of York School
in 2003, she had no idea she would be back 11 years later
wandering the same halls, and some new ones, as a teacher.
"The new building was not here when I attended, and they just
started adding languages my eighth grade year. And of course
we have more sports now, too," said Lang. The school is
bigger, more modern and in a way has grown up with Lang. But
it is how St. William hasn't changed that
brought Lang back years later.
"The core strength of the school has stayed the same," said
Lang. who says that even though the school has grown in
number, the community remains "close knit." St. William had
the greatest impact on Lang's career choice when she
witnessed her mother working at the school. "My mom really
enjoyed it," she said. "That inspired me to go into
While attending the University of Mary Washington in
Fredericksburg, Lang worked at St William's parish office and
the extended day care program. Many of the teachers and staff
knew that Lang was going into education and became her
mentors. Lang earned her master's in elementary education
from Mary Washington in 2014 and started teaching at St.
William full time.
"At first I was nervous about teaching kindergarten," said
Lang. "But now I really enjoy it."
When asked what she likes teaching the most, she said, "It is
a toss-up between religion and reading. I love teaching
religion because the kids have such a strong sense of faith.
I like telling them Bible stories and watching them
incorporate their faith into their lives."
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