Director of Athletics, Physical Education & Health Teacher
- # of Years in Education = 40
- # of Years at Prairie = 32
Why did you choose to become a teacher and work in education?
As a young child, my mentors and role models were teachers. They inspired me to understand that I could be successful. They pushed, encouraged and celebrated me. It was not until I was a sophomore in college that I had a dream about what I wanted to do. The following morning I changed my major to education and I never looked back!
What do you hope is your legacy as a teacher?
I hope that I have motivated young people to believe that they can accomplish anything, that they overcome mistakes and are encouraged to become better students and individuals, and most importantly that they discover their passion.
What do you love about Prairie School?
Our programs provide students the opportunity and support to pursue excellence! My role as an Athletic Director allows me to promote athletics across our local community and state. And, my role as a teacher, allows me to mentor students and peers on a daily basis.
What are highlights of your professional background and/or training?
- Bachelor Degree in Physical Education & Biology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
- Master in Education, Alverno College,
- NIAA, Certified Masters of Athletic Administration
- Developed the Athletic Program at St. Joseph Academy in Green Bay
- First Women’s High School Basketball Team on delayed television in Wisconsin
- WISAA Shot Put Champion
- Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Field Hockey, Soccer and Softball Coach
- WISAA Women of the Year (1994)
- WISAA Athletic Director of the Year (1998)
WIAA Athletic Director of the Year (2008)
- Women’s Sport Advocated of Wisconsin Lifetime Achievement Award (2000)
- National Federation Citation Award (Sandy is 1 of 8 Athletic Directors in the US recognized at the Athletic Director’s National Conference)
- Mentor to Athletic Directors around the state