Sandra (Sandy) Lee Kalin retired as principal of Bethel Lutheran School in 2012, having served in that capacity since 1993. Sandy joined the GRC board in 1987 and became Secretary in 2013. She continues to volunteer with GRC’s Creative Convention.
Sandy was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and did graduate work at both Slippery Rock University and the University of Delaware.
After teaching in Wilmington, Delaware, for 13 years, Sandy moved to St. Louis with her husband, Al, in 1979. She taught science at Rossman School, worked in the Parkway School District and co-founded St. Louis County Preparatory School. For over 25 years, she served as a judge in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Science Fair.
Sandy was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award from Slippery Rock University, Principal of the Year Award in 2007, and National Distinguished Principal in 2007. She is a member of American Association of University Women, Phi Delta Kappa, Pi Lambda Theta and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and many cultural attractions in St. Louis. Her work with national parochial schools resulted in publicity for those schools. She has presented at national, state and local conferences and served on several boards and committees.
On a personal level, she enjoys the theater, opera, travel, books and golf and has a special place in her heart for all children and animals.
“Gifted Resource Council has been a very big part of my life for over thirty years,” she said. “Through teaching and volunteering, I have experienced the value of children sharing their interests, intellect and friendships that continue for years. Some of the alumnae return to share their experiences through teaching or assisting at GRC classes.
“I have taught Learning Lab classes and Summer Academies (Biotech, Math, Marvels & More, ECO Academy) and have seen the opportunities for students to be challenged. Presently, I volunteer with Creative Convention. Gifted Resource Council continually provides unique educational experiences and strong relationships that engage students to challenge themselves and others to achieve their potential.”