Title: Medical Technologist, Educator
Location: Madison, West Virginia, United States
Sandra Sanders, Medical Technologist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical technology and vocational education.
Ms. Sanders was introduced to the field of medical technology through the aunt of a man she dated when she was young. The field intrigued her and she discovered that she could become a medical technologist through a hospital-based training program. She started at one hospital and in three months, transferred to the training program at Charleston Memorial Hospital. After completing the program, Ms. Sanders became certified in medical technology. In addition, she received a Bachelor of Arts in medical technology, magna cum laude, from West Virginia State University in 1986. She continued with postgraduate coursework at Marshall University. Furthermore, she has a lifetime license in permanent vocational teaching.
Ms. Sanders started her career at Boone Memorial Hospital in 1965 and worked as a medical technologist and later as a laboratory supervisor for nearly a decade. She continued her work at Logan General Hospital as a medical technologist and as a teacher, starting in 1974 a teacher in vocational health with the Boone County Board of Education. Prior to retiring in 2017, Ms. Sanders spent the last few years of her career as a substitute teacher with the county. She also served as an adjunct instructor for the South West Virginia Community College and as a consultant for the Bureau of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education. As a medical technologist, she worked in the hematology department counting and identifying cells to diagnose leukemia, anemia and other blood-borne diseases. She worked in blood banking type and cross-matching blood at Logan General Hospital and Boone Memorial Hospital.
Deeply rooted in giving back to her community, Ms. Sanders has served as the president of a committee at the Boone Career and Technical Center. She has also maintained memberships with the American Medical Technologists Association, the American Vocational Association, the International Society of Clinical Laboratory Technologists, the West Virginia Education Association, the Health Occupation Students of America and the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. In her career, Ms. Sanders was nominated for the Vocational Teacher of the Year award and received other accolades as the Outstanding Educator in Vocational Education and Outstanding Educator in Elementary and Secondary Education from local county and state departments.
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