Mrs. Nancy Sanders - School Counselor, Grades Pre-school to grade 4
It is always exciting to start a new school year! The best part of my job is watching our students grow and develop into amazing and precious young girls and boys! Each year presents itself with new challenges, accomplishments, and discoveries. I view myself as a helper to our students as they navigate through their childhood years! In supporting our parents and staff it gives me a great opportunity to collaborate as a team approach. I have been the counselor at MES for grades Pre-K through 8th beginning in 2007. Since 2020 I have been working with grades Pre-K-4. I have been able to coordinate our Intervention and Referral Services Committee and help to foster positive change and vision within our school. This experience has been very rewarding and important as I realize the importance of my role in working with teachers and parents in assisting them in helping our children emotionally, socially, and academically.
My career as an educator in the Manasquan School district started in 1983 as a Special Education Teacher at MHS. This is where I realized I needed more tools and skills in helping my students which led me to get a higher degree, Masters in Counseling, Student Pupil Personnel Services Certificate. With this higher level of education, I was able to help my students on a different level and became the Drug & Alcohol Coordinator in high school. Then an opportunity became available to cross the street to MES as an Elementary School Guidance Counselor in November 2007, which ended up working out beautifully for my family's schedule.
I have extensive training in crisis response and identifying high-risk students. I have worked as a licensed professional counselor part-time for many years as well in addition to my full-time job as a Guidance Counselor. I have also been fortunate to volunteer at the Common Ground Grief Center in Manasquan as a facilitator for the Adult Group, which is very dear to my heart. It makes me very proud to say I have four children which have graduated from Manasquan High School and are very successful, as well as three beautiful grandchildren. My years at Manasquan have been very rewarding and I look forward to each year as a new endeavor as they are filled with many challenges and changes. One thing that is constant in our lives is "Change" and I welcome that each and every day as I work with your children during their journey. I feel it is important to look at the whole child, their strengths and weaknesses, and encourage them to find their path and explore their natural gifts along the way. Each child is unique and has a purpose! I want them to know how special they are. No child or adult wants to fail. We all need to set goals that we can build upon to become the person we are meant to be! I have the privilege of watching and helping our students grow academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. Please reach out and let me know if I can assist in any way as I wish you and your child a happy and healthy school year!