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Staff Spotlight: Ms. Sandrea

March 29

If you have the opportunity to have your child in Ms. Sandrea’s program, you know about the fun dance parties. The kids love singing with each other and Ms. Sandrea as they dance to songs like “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” and other hot songs at the moment.

Q1: When did you start working with Wisconsin Youth Company and what has been your favorite memory so far?

I started working for Wisconsin Youth Company in 2017. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite memory, but I value the friendships I have made with my coworkers and bonds created with students in program.

Q2: What is the most important thing you learned as a child that still applies today?

It’s not a lesson, but the importance of education and knowledge. I am lucky to have continuous opportunities for learning and growth, and it isn’t something that should be taken for granted.

Q3: Who was a mentor you looked up to when you were younger? Why did you look up to them?

Hmmm, I don’t really remember who I looked up to as a child. As an adult, I really look up to my mom. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She put her career on hold so she could raise her family, and now she is an amazing artist who helps others be creative through paint. She’s one of my favorite people, and I hope to be half as impactful as she is when I grow up.

Q4: What is your favorite part about working with kids?

I love the lightbulb moment kids have when something finally clicks for them. You can feel their joy and pride, and it’s a good reminder to be thankful for the little things.

Say “hi” to Ms. Sandrea next time you see her!