Sandy Hollinger
Interim Superintendent, Alachua County Public Schools

When I first arrived in Gainesville with my family in 1976, I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleased to be moving to a university town, but other than that I knew nothing about my new home.

Both my husband and I had grown up in the suburbs of Chicago. After completing a fellowship in Tennessee, he had accepted a teaching job with the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. We came to Gainesville with three children in tow, including an infant we had adopted less than a month earlier.

It didn’t take long for us to realize that we had found our “forever home,” a place that combined the cultural amenities of a bigger city with the community feel of a smaller town. It was also the perfect place to raise a family. Each of our children received a high quality education from nursery school all the way through high school.

While my children were attending local schools (and for several years after they graduated!), I’ve had the privilege of working for Alachua County Public Schools. For more than 30 years I’ve worked in a variety of local schools and district offices. I’ve been a teacher, a principal and a district administrator. In all that time, I can honestly say I’ve never woken up and not wanted to go to work.

We have an outstanding cadre of teachers, support staff and school administrators who are dedicated to helping our students succeed. We have families who are actively involved in our schools. We have numerous volunteers and business partners who generously contribute their time, talents and resources. We have a community that not only values public education but is willing to invest in it. Most of all, we have wonderful young people who are accomplishing amazing things both in and out of school.

For those and other reasons I was thrilled to come out of retirement to serve as Interim Superintendent of Alachua County Public Schools. I’m proud to be leading an organization that is making such a positive difference in the lives of young people and in the future of this wonderful community.

With all that Gainesville has to offer, why wouldn’t someone jump at the chance to live here?

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