Unsung Heroes #222

As a Westport principal, Beth Messler appreciates the work of all school nurses.

“All the nurses here, and supervisor Sue Levasseur, are amazing,” she says.

But after dealing with the pandemic for nearly 2 years, she really appreciates the work Jane Sandri has done at their school: Saugatuck Elementary.

“Jane has been my absolute partner here She is always incredible, and during COVID she’s gone above and beyond.

Jane Sandri

“She is a leader, a trusted resource, and a confidante helping shepherd staff, students and families through this challenging time.”

In normal times, an elementary school nurse deals with youngsters who don’t feel well, the bumps and bruises of recess, and lice.

These are not normal times.

Jane is on duty 24/7. “She goes above and beyond to make sure every child, staff member and family feels comfortable,” Beth says.

“She reaches out personally. She wants to have conversations so she can answer questions live, not by email.

“And she always makes herself available to me outside of school hours, so I know what’s going on. Her personal touch alleviates stress for everyone.”

Jane Sandri — and all the school nurses in Westport — are on the front lines of COVID. It’s a tough, thankless, ever-changing task.

But there’s no one better to do it than these professionals. A grateful town salutes them, as our Unsung Heroes of the Week.

(Do you know an Unsung Hero? Email dwoog@optonline.net)

14 responses to “Unsung Heroes #222

  1. The best of the best! Thank you Ms Sandri for taking such good care of our kids! -The Young Family

  2. I have seen Jane give of herself at all hours and full weekends at our kitchen table reaching out, as Beth notes, with that person to person touch to the Saugatuck Elementary community. I am proud of her kind heart and dedication to inform and help others. I am grateful to share life with her. Fred S

  3. Couldn’t agree more with the well deserved recognition of this unsung hero!! Jane is source of knowledge, support and love. Our kiddos were so lucky to have her caring presence in their lives for so many years. She is an advocate and guardian angel for our Saugie Seals.

  4. Jonathan Whitbourne

    There aren’t enough superlatives to adequately describe Jane Sandri and her importance to Saugatuck Elementary. Calm, caring, exceptionally knowledgeable, devoted—these are just some of the many positive traits she embodies. My family is especially close with Jane because she was essential in helping us manage one of our children’s medical conditions. She was always responsive, never alarmist, and a continuous source of intelligence and optimism. Jane loves Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip. If Mr. Schulz’ had ever had the good fortune of meeting Jane, I’m convinced the adults in “Peanuts” would’ve spoken in clear, tender voices (instead of the wah-wah-wahs). Thank you Jane for everything you do. We’re so incredibly lucky to have you in our lives.

  5. Rindy Higgins

    Hats off with many thanks to all the school nurses in town! I’m a per diem substitue in the Westport schools and appreciate from the inside out all the work and kindness they do and give!

  6. Laureen Montagna

    I have such fond memories of Mrs. Sandri’s kind and caring ways of when our son was at SES, she is a wonder and we are so lucky to have her in our school system! Thank you Mrs. S for everything you do for our kids!

  7. I couldn’t agree more! Jane is so very special. I have been on the receiving end of “this is Nurse Sandri, not an emergency but….”phone call many times. She is always thoughtful, considerate and calming. Like Mrs. Messler stated, I’ve received phone calls and e-mails following up outside of normal school hours.
    She treats each child with compassion and respect, even the ones who regularly just stop in for a snack or need a rest. We are lucky to have her and all the nurses in the District!

  8. Clark Thiemann

    When I stopped by the school this morning to pick something up for my daughter there was an entire row of materials for kids to pick up while on quarantine. I can’t imagine how challenging this year and especially the past few weeks have been for our great school nurses! Thanks to all the nurses and staff that have made it possible to have in-person schooling this year!

  9. Margot Simmons

    Jane is a rockstar and deserves this fantastic accolade and many many more! The Simmons Family is so grateful to her!

  10. Ellen Wentworth

    I agree with Rindy, although I am not working this year I always felt that the nurses were a very valuable and supportive part of the schools!

  11. Sandy Rodriguez

    To say that Jane Sandri is the epitome of professionalism, care, compassion and collegiality at SES, is to understate her value. Jane is as good as it gets! The diligence with which she completes her MANY day-to-day tasks is only overshadowed by the gregarious, kind, and down-right funny disposition with which she takes it on. She is a bedrock here and I, for one, couldn’t imagine getting through a day without her. You are a hero Jane! Thank you for all you do.

  12. Ms. Sandri is the perfect unsung hero. How lucky we were as a SES family to have Ms. Sandri as a constant anchor for so many years. It comes as no surprise that she has guided the SES families through the pandemic.

  13. Davia Phillips

    As her colleague at SES for 13 years, and a parent of two of her SES “patients” I couldn’t agree more with all that has been said. Jane Sandri is a TREASURE!! Heart of gold. Cares for each and every person she meets. We are lucky to know her! Thank you for the article for such a well-deserving soul!

  14. Thank you Jane! You continue to make an enormous impact on our community and our day to day lives!