excellence in adult education


Sarah Goldammer is the Director of the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center - part of the Illinois Community College Board Service Center Network. She has a B.S. in Special Education from Southeast Missouri State University and a M.S. in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. 


Sarah is a passionate lifelong learner and educator. There is nothing more exciting to her than the “aha” moment and supporting others to find theirs!


Sarah is a certified trainer of Universal Design for Learning and the Special Learning Needs Institute. She has trained hundreds of individuals throughout her years in adult education.


Sarah recently co-created with Tara Schwab the Illinois training, “Designing for Equity and Access for ALL Learners”. She spearheaded the creation of the statewide contextualized curricula in the following career clusters: Health Sciences, Manufacturing, TDL, IT, Entrepreneurial and Career Pathways. She served as part of the professional development team for the Accelerating Opportunity Initiative, the development of a Bridge Development Basics Training, and implementation of Integrated Education and Training (IET) models. She has presented at numerous national and state conferences in-person and virtually. Sarah has been involved in adult education for the past 22 years and has been teaching and training for over 30 years. She is proud to have had students from 3 to 83 years old and every age in between.


In 2021 Sarah became the COABE Presenter Coach. In this capacity she combines her love of learning, her love of helping others, and her desire to lift and support the field of Adult Education around the country.


Combining her love for creativity, her desire to inspire, and her knowledge of the importance for career exploration, Sarah’s later-in-life career journey is that of author. She has written and published a series of 16 chapter books introducing careers combining fun and adventure while exploring each of the Career Clusters. These books are designed to inspire, educate and entertain both children and adults…and to hopefully provide an “aha” moment.