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Jim Sanford

Position: Retiring Physical Education Teacher / Coach
School: Dadeville Elementary School
School District: Tallapoosa County Board of Education
City, State: Dadeville , AL

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Jim Sanford was nominated by an anonymous colleague.

Mr. Sanford is Dadeville. His family has been a part of the Dadeville community for generations. He comes from a family of educators. His father was an administrator and superintendent of education in Tallapoosa County. Mr. Sanford, his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Lindsay, are all teachers in Dadeville.

Mr. Sanford retires this year after spending over 30 years in education. He has been a coach at every level of middle and high school sports. He and his family have impacted multiple generations of people in Dadeville. Mr. Sanford takes ownership of his school because he believes in it. He loves Dadeville, and it shows in his actions and attitude. Few educators will achieve the level of positive influence that Mr. Sanford has achieved in his life's work of education in Tallapoosa County. 

Comments (5)

William Spraggins Posted over a year ago

Jim, you've had a good run. You made a difference. Enjoy retirement. Congrats

Harriet S. White Posted over a year ago

I have watched Jim teach and coach over the years. He is the epitome of a role model for his students. His love for his school and community flowed through it all. A man of his character is a blessing to all he touches. His humble nature allowed him to be an exceptional educator. His daily efforts will be missed, but will still live on in the lives of those he touched. His creativity and ability to work well with everyone allowed him to implement many different influential programs over the years. He supported the total school program. This honor is well deserved!

Nancy Hatcher Posted over a year ago

Jim Sanford is the true epitome of a life changer. He has impacted the lives of thousands of students during his time as a physical education teacher at Dadeville Elementary School as well as countless student athletes he coached over the years. Jim always has a positive attitude and has taught more than P.E. He has taught life lessons and served as a coach, teacher, cheerleader, mentor, pastor , counselor and much more to so many. Jim Sanford is so deserving of this award.

Myka Hammock Posted over a year ago

Coach Sanford was my P.E. coach all throughout elementary school. Don’t ya know, as life would have it, many millennia later, both of my girls just had him during each of their first years at DES. I loved being able to tell them stories about my own time spent up on the P.E. hill in blazing sun...while also providing a first hand account as reminder to request bathroom trips w/plenty of time spare. (The walk down that hill is seemingly much farther for a 1st grader whose destination is the restroom back down on earth.) I’m sure my memory is failing me, but I can’t immediately recall ever seeing the man mad, but certainly never raise his voice in anger. His own kiddos may object of course, but the man is gold!!

Julie Mask Posted over a year ago

Coach Sanford was my coach, my children's coach and now my colleague. He is such a hard worker who put so much love and positive support into the Dadeville schools. He will be greatly missed and DES will not be the same!