The Felician sports information office started an online initiative featuring athletics alumni/ae in September 2015. In "Where Are They Now?" we periodically attempt to catch up with former Golden Falcons who have gone on to interesting and successful career paths.
In the 15th installment, we visit with Suzanne Albert-Williams '07 '09. Albert-Williams came from Quebec to serve as a Golden Falcon captain in both volleyball and basketball. She now credits her participation in athletics as one of the largest reasons for her successful teaching career.
Name: Suzanne Albert-Williams
Year of Felician graduation: 2007 and 2009
Sport(s): Women's Basketball, Volleyball
Major(s): B.A. Mathematics Education (K-12) in 2007; B.A. Sociology in 2009
Hometown while in high school: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Currenty town/city of residence: Englewood, N.J.
List any post-graduate studies or certifications
Current full-time employment
High school mathematics teacher, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology (since 2010)
Other positions held since Felician graduation
Head girls' basketball coach, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology (2011-14)
Any other life events you would like to tell us about?
* I got married to Jairzinho Williams in 2014
* We have two children. Amiayah is 4 and Karson is 2.
* Editor's Note: Albert-Williams was a finalist for the 2009 V Foundation Comeback Award.
How have you applied your experience participating in college athletics to your current employment?
My participation in college sports has helped me to excel as a high school mathematics teacher. In both, I am fully committed and take everything seriously.
The hard work that I had to put in on and off the court as a college athlete has prepared me for my career. I know how to handle difficult situations, and I know that I have the support of my co-workers like I used to have from my teammates.
My experience as a student-athlete has also helped me balance my life -- work, family, friends, etc.
How has your Felician academic coursework and other extracurricular activities impacted your life, especially professionally?
The teacher education program at Felician prepared me tremendously. I can't thank those professors enough!
My coaches had a big impact on my life, and still do today, especially Coach (Steve) Fagan, whom I still stay in contact with. Thank you, Coach!
What advice, about any aspect of college life, would you give to a current Felician student-athlete?
My advice would be to stay focused on 1) schoolwork and family and 2) your sport, and have fun. If you only focus on your sport, you run the risk of not getting your degree.
Being a college athlete is very difficult because you have to learn to balance everything in your life. That takes commitment, dedication, passion, and motivation. Remember that finishing your degree is the key. Enjoy every moment, have fun, and finish. LIFE IS TOO SHORT to do things any other way.
Editor's Note: Cilck www.caccathletics.org/sports/wbkb/2008-09/News/FC.Albert.comeback.1-14-09 to read an article we wrote about Suzanne in January 2009 that sheds more light upon the motivation for some of of her answers for this piece.