Sarchet taught 5 years of Algebra at Washington, then switched to the Music Department, teaching vocal music and directing he choir from 1997-2004. She decided to take a year off in 2004 to spend time with her parents and children, as oldest daughter Ally was entering her final years of high school. She did do some substitute teaching in Aurelia and Cherokee that year, then returned to teaching full-time in the 2005-2006 school year, taking the 7- 12 vocal music program at South O'Brien school in Paullina. When she left her teaching position at Washington in 2004, Sarchet, who still lives in Cherokee with her husband of 24 years, Marc, felt she might return to teaching in Cherokee if an opportunity arose some day, and "they wanted me."
Such an opportunity did arise this school year. Randi Kent, who succeeded Sarchet as the Washington High School vocal instructor, got married, and moved with her husband to the Minneapolis area. Sarchet applied for the vocal music position, and was hired. One twist is that Sarchet, a former Math major at Buena Vista, is also teaching Algebra I this year. She had previously taught Algebra at Washington High School when she started there, but this year marks the first time she has had both of the "M and Ms" (Math and Music) on her plate at the same time.
Sarchet is a native of Burt, Iowa, and after two years at Waldorf Juniior College and two years at Buena Vista, she taught in her home town for six years before coming to Cherokee.
Marc and Amy Sarchet's daughter Ally graduated from Washington High School in the spring of 2006, and is currently in her first year at the University of Dubuque. Daughter Sara is a tenth grader at Washington this fall, and a member of the Washington High choir.