Mary Yager earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social work at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She practiced Social Work for fifteen years in Chicago and Denver, Colorado prior to accepting a teaching position at LBC in 2008. Her experience as a school social worker, foster care supervisor, adoption specialist, psychiatric counselor, and therapist in a residential treatment center gives her a broad base of knowledge in the field of social work. In addition, she taught Social Work as an adjunct instructor at Wheaton College for 9 years and discovered a passion for teaching and preparing the next generation of social workers. Currently she acts as the Social Work Field Director and Assistant Professor.
Mrs. Yager is passionate about issues related to poverty prevention. Her work in Chicago and Denver made her keenly aware of the strengths and needs of urban communities. Students will experience firsthand her enthusiasm for multi-cultural experiences and her commitment to racial reconciliation.
Mrs. Yager is dedicated to preparing her students for a life of service and ministry to the vulnerable, oppressed and those living in poverty. She is committed to helping students bring Matthew 25:35-36 into their daily experience. (‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…’) She strives to help her students achieve competence in the field of social work so that they are well prepared to help others. It gives her great satisfaction to help students find employment in the field following graduation. Her hope is that many of her students will enter Master’s Degree programs (MSW), and therefore her classes build a firm foundation for future education.
Mrs. Yager lives in Lititz with her husband, Mr. Doug Yager. The Yagers are the parents of two sons, Nathan and Luke, who attend Lititz Christian School. The family loves to travel, enjoys cultural experiences and loves to open their home to family and friends.
“By preparing students to be excellent social workers, I know that my efforts of helping others will be multiplied seven times seventy.” — Mrs. Yager