Chairperson, Sustainable Youth Ministry Team, Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church


Sarah Yancey is a retired educator who taught middle and high school English in Alexandria, VA, and was a teacher, Speech and Debate coach, and Assistant Principal at Parkway South High School in Manchester, MO. She was named Pillar of Parkway for her leadership with intercultural exchange in 2001.

Sarah’s passion for intercultural learning began in 1964 when she participated in an American University two-month program in the USSR and Eastern bloc countries. Her introduction to AFS came in the 1970s in Alexandria, VA, where she met a Turkish-Cypriot student. Her family hosted a Greek-Cypriot student, a French student and her own children studied abroad with AFS in Flemish-Belgium and New Zealand. Sarah was the teacher-leader for two School Linkage exchanges to Tver, Russia in 1995 and 1997. In Missouri Gateway, she served as chair, Sponsored Program coordinator, liaison, school relations coordinator and is currently Volunteer Coordinator. Nationally, she was the U.S. leader of the India Hosting Orientation Workgroup (HOW) in 2010 and a member of the AFS-USA-Japan workgroup in 2015-16. Sarah chaired the Sponsored Program Advisory Group, was a member of the Outreach to Educators workgroup, and a member of the Strategic Planning teams. In 2012-13, Sarah and her husband hosted a Pakistani KL-YES student. Sarah was the 2013 AFS-USA Galatti Nominee.

Yancey is a member of Interfaith Partnership in St. Louis, the oldest interfaith partnership in the USA. In 2000, Yancey received the US Department of State’s Millennium International Volunteer Award.

Sarah received her B.A. from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (NC) and M. Ed. from the University of Virginia.

Sarah lives with her husband, Bob, in St. Louis, Missouri. They have five children.