Thanks for the Memories


After her last year of coaching Scholars Bowl, and working in the gifted program, teacher Donna Sanders retires.

Jacob Mcabe

Educating young minds has been a large part of retiring Shawnee Heights teacher Donna Sanders’ life. Working in the middle school and high school in the Gifted Program, Sanders has taught at Shawnee Heights for the past eight years.
Sanders was born in Kingman, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University.
When she began her career, she originally taught Biology. Sanders has worked at a variety of schools in many places, including Junction City, KS; Phoenix, AZ; Little Rock, AR; Laurel, MS; and Topeka. Teaching in Phoenix was an exceptional challenge to her because the students and faculty predominantly spoke Spanish, of which she knew very little.
It was not until Bill Clinton passed legislation 34 years ago allowing teachers to work with gifted children that she became a gifted teacher. In Shawnee Heights Middle School, the Gifted Program is called “SEEK.”
In her retirement, Sanders plans to stay in Kansas and spend time with her grandchildren. She wants to play golf and volunteer often. Primarily, she wants to be a tour guide at the zoo or nurture newborns at the hospital. Most of all, however, Sanders looks forward to sleeping in on cold days when sleet taps against her bedroom window and it’s too chilly to get out of bed.
Everyone at Shawnee Heights is losing a great teacher and mentor, but we wish her the best in her retirement and thank her for everything she’s done for our school and the children she’s helped over the years.