Friday 03 June 2022
HOLLADAY — After 20 years, Carol Sanderson, a pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School (4), is retiring.
Her journey into Catholic education began in 2002, when her eldest son, now 25, started attending St. Vincent School. Sanderson met the preschool teacher who asked her if she would like to help part-time.
Sanderson, who had previously been involved in education in Virginia, didn’t hold back. She started part-time, then moved to full-time.
The St. Vincent School Community has been a blessing, she says.
“Each of these students and their families have a piece of my heart. It was always an honor to work with such wonderful people. They changed me and helped make me who I am today,” Sanderson said.
One memory she will always remember from her time at St. Vincent is that she was able to share her Catholic faith with the children, she said.
“I loved being able to share my faith with the little ones. My faith means so much to me,” Sanderson said. “They are so excited about God. They are so curious. …When we made resurrection eggs for Easter, they talked about Jesus, and it was so amazing to see them share stories.
Sanderson’s patience was praised by many of her colleagues, but she offered more than that, they said.
“This community is grateful for the love and patience they have shown their students. St. Vincent’s is also grateful for her leadership on the school board faith formation committee and the school faith formation committee,” said Therese Clay, director of school development.
Likewise, Sarah Lambert, the school’s vice principal, said she admired Sanderson’s creativity, patience and love for children. Lambert’s son was a student of Sanderson, and “I have always been so grateful for her mission and for her love for our students, with her faith that she shares so well with her students in teaching,” said Lambert. “She is so patient, day in and day out, with these little pupils. … One of my favorite lessons she does is with pumpkins – she cracks them open and makes the pupils touch the outside, the inside , and it’s so much fun to watch.
Principal Gary Green agreed that “Ms. Sanderson is one of the most patient and caring teachers around. In my 15 years of knowing Carol, I have never seen her become frustrated. She is always calm and in control.
Sanderson is also a strong believer who knows best practices for pre-K students, Green said, and “all of these features make for a powerful experience for kids and their parents.”
Erin Arico, St. Vincent’s office manager, said the school was sad to see Sanderson go, but at the same time, she was happy about the new chapter in her life.
“I really, really think she needs to be home with her family,” Arico said. “I really think it was a good decision for her. Her decision to stay home is great.
Sanderson’s eldest child is having a baby in August and she plans to help look after the baby, she said.
“I’m just going to be a grandmother,” Sanderson said.