MNPS Voices – LaSeanda Sanders, School Counseling Coordinator for the North Quadrant
LaSeanda Sanders has been a part of Metro Nashville Public Schools most of her educational and professional career. She’s a graduate of Whites Creek High School, and she has worked for the district for the past 15 years.
新皇冠体育盘口“I am a Nashville native and a proud product of Metro Schools,” Sanders said.
新皇冠体育盘口After graduating from , Sanders decided to pursue a degree in nursing but quickly found that psychology would be a better fit for her.
新皇冠体育盘口“While in undergrad, I took my first psychology class and fell in love with the field. The class was life-changing and opened my mind up to multiple possibilities,” she said.
新皇冠体育盘口Sanders began her professional career in the district as a school secretary before moving into the role of guidance clerk. During this time, she attended Tennessee State University, where she earned a master’s degree in school counseling.
She served the district for 13 years as a school counselor – in elementary, middle and high schools – before moving into her current role of school counseling coordinator for the North Quadrant.
“I have been fortunate to serve in various roles and to have built lasting connections throughout my career. I have carried all of the knowledge I’ve gained from previous positions into my current role,” she said.
Sanders assists with the development, coordination, evaluation and improvement of the MNPS counseling department. She supports Pre-K-12 school counselors and principals by carrying out comprehensive counseling programs, which include planning professional developments and strengthening community partnerships for individual schools.
Sanders has always had a heart for serving others and says that came from her upbringing.
新皇冠体育盘口“As a child, my mother would always take my sister and me to volunteer with various community agencies, and that stuck with me over the years,” she said. “As a teen, I began tutoring younger children and continued even throughout my college years.”
When asked how the School Counseling Department is serving students during the pandemic, Sanders said MNPS counselors are prepared. They are creating social-emotional learning content for students using YouTube channels, the district’s Schoology platform and other websites. In addition, counselors are checking in with students and families virtually and providing necessary resources.
As students head into the summer months, Sanders encourages them to stay healthy and safe but also to think outside the box. Have Zoom gatherings with friends, find new activities to do during the quarantine and know that it’s OK not to be OK sometimes. Most importantly, if students need support this summer, please reach out to family, friends or school counselors.
As for Sanders, she looks forward to the day when she can return to the beach with her puppy Sasha and spend time with her family and friends again.
The student and family support page offers information on the services and resources our school district offers - from counseling to assistance for families experiencing homelessness to wrap-around services through community partnerships. The page also lists contact information for crisis support lines.