Originally from Hastings, Michigan, Sandy attended Manchester College and Central Michigan University, and received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. She taught for three years in the Reeths Puffer School District, before becoming a special education teacher for Grand Haven Area Public Schools.
Sandy demonstrated her passion for life-long learning by earning master’s degrees in both special education and educational leadership. Shortly thereafter, she became the assistant principal and then principal, of her beloved White Pines Middle School. Sandy’s career with Grand Haven Area Public Schools spanned over 30 years. During which time, she was known for her tireless commitment to her students, her dedication to her staff, and her advocacy for public education.