Sandra McManamon

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Sandra S. McManamon

Sandra S. McManamon

  I am so excited to begin my third year working for Beaufort H.S.  Growing up my family liked to take "educational" vacations, and in 1971, they decided to rent a houseboat and tour the Inter Coastal waterways, starting here in Beaufort.  I remember loving our visit here so much, I remarked to my family that someday I would come back with my own family and enjoy the area.  Well over the years, we have done just that, my daughter was quite young when a business trip took us here, and then several more times, visiting on the way to other destinations, we remembered the people, the food, the feeling of welcome and hospitality.  
     I have a B.S. in Education, Family and Consumer Sciences degree from U. of Akron, undergraduate at Miami U. Oxford, Ohio. I taught in 5 school districts in the Cleveland area and years in between, I was a sub.   My grad studies continued through Ashland U. in Educational Technology.  I am a bit of a geek, especially if there are ways to make the classroom paperless!  Love that the students have tablets and computers for instant access to info and to save trees!  My first job out of college was as a Peace Corps Volunteer, in El Salvador, Central America. Together with my husband, Ted (he was business co-op advisor) I taught nutrition and was sent to help do documentation to help bring a food distribution program for the most malnourished mothers and babies.  I worked with doctors and nurses and taught "charlas" little public service lessons on sanitation and food safety.  Our time was cut short, sadly as civil war broke out.  We continue to stay in contact with our returned volunteer friends, and many continue to work in other countries or for the government as humanitarians and aid workers. 
   I am so grateful to my family, Ted, son Kevin and daughter Katerina, to help support this big move and to encourage me to always follow my dreams.  My classroom door is always open, I hope to continue bringing in lots of great local talent and business owners to help enrich the learning and to promote a students quest to find their true passion.  When you do this, you never feel like your job is "work", and my motto is "CREATE JOY"!"