Dean of Students and Athletic Director
Year Honored: 2010
Valley Beth Shalom
Louis Schwerdtfeger, known throughout Valley Beth Shalom Day School as Coach Sam, invigorates the school community with the goal of “doing your personal best” in mind, body and soul. He devotes his efforts to promoting health and respect for others while developing self-confidence, self-esteem, cooperation, physical fitness and school pride in the spirit of fun. He has created one of the top athletic programs in the San Fernando Valley Sports League, with 100% participation in boys and girls team sports in 4th – 6th grades. While his teams have captured many a championship, winning isn’t his goal, but merely an outcome of an exemplary program. Summers find him leading Camp VBS. In 2008, Coach Sam became the Dean of Students working closely with the faculty to help students navigate the waters of social relationships. Watch Coach Sam’s Notification video.
Note: This biography was current at the time this educator received the Award