Friday Feature: Wendy Sanders, FLS Program Assistant
Wendy Sanders has always had a passion and gift for working with children.
“I have always enjoyed working with kids and caring for others.”
As an FLS program assistant, she gets to do that daily.
After relocating back to the area from the east coast where her husband’s job moved them, she needed to go back to work. After high school, she worked at Memorial Hospital in Belleville in various roles, including unit secretary, and also helped with the children’s Sunday school at her church.
“I knew I wanted to work with children and my sister, who also works for D7, suggested that I apply as a playground monitor. I was hired and began at Woodland Elementary in 2013.”
Sanders did that for a year and then was a substitute assistant in Mr. Fark’s FLS classroom. When the opportunity to join as a FLS program assistant opened, she took it and has been working in his classroom ever since.
“He’s the best teacher to work with! I absolutely love working with Mr. Fark and the children. It brings me such joy to be able to help shape their lives.”
After years at Woodland Elementary, Sanders followed Fark to Cassens this year.
“I continue to work for the district because my heart is with all the children and the great staff members, both at Woodland and Cassens, that have mentored me and became my friends. There are so many rewarding things about my job and working for D7, but the most rewarding is seeing the children learn and excel in their life.”