INFLUENCER OF THE WEEK: Dannerys Sanchez, Dr. Phillips Elementary School

Dannerys Sanchez is the front office clerk at Dr. Phillips Elementary School and is the first point of contact for parents, staff and visitors.

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Position: Front office clerk

Time at school: With Orange County Public Schools and at Dr. Phillips Elementary School for seven months.

Dannerys Sanchez is the front office clerk at Dr. Phillips Elementary School and is the first point of contact for parents, staff and visitors. She ensures safety, answers phone calls, makes announcements, organizes materials for substitutes and more. She was recognized with the Take Flight award by a DPES teacher in October; the honor is given to someone who has made a significant impact at the school.

“You only get one chance to make a first impression,” DPES Principal Autherene Leighvard said. “What a first impression it was meeting — over the summer while here for planning — Ms. Dannerys Sanchez, our amazing front desk clerk. Her welcoming tone to each and every person who walks through the front door makes them have a positive feeling. For someone new to the school, imagine the caring vibes they immediately get about our school. Ms. Sanchez treats everyone with kindness and professionalism and is quick as ever to open the office doors for staff members.”

What brought you to your school?

I was seeking a job after being laid off from a long-term position. I saw an opening at Dr. Phillips Elementary and got offered a position as a front desk clerk, and I have found a wonderful place to work with an amazing staff.

What do you love most about your school?

What I love most is the strong sense of community and positive relationships between staff, students and parents. Everyone is so involved and supportive. It has been wonderful to be a part of this school.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to help and support my coworkers, parents and students, especially when you see the positive impact it has on them.

What would you be if you weren’t in this profession?

I would see myself in any position where I can help others and provide excellent customer service.

Who influences you?

My greatest influence is my mom. She taught me to be kind, humble and to treat others with respect.

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? Why?

I can’t say I had a favorite teacher; I was fortunate enough to have very dedicated teachers who made a great impact in my life.

What is your favorite children’s book and why?

Currently, my favorite children’s book is “The Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. My daughter loves them so much, and it’s a great opportunity for quality time together while reading.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and going to amusement parks.

If you could dine with any famous person, past or present, who would it be and why?

I would say Daddy Yankee because I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy his performances which are filled with energy and excitement.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

If I could have a superpower, I would choose to have the power to heal all illnesses and suffering in the world.

If you could only listen to three bands or artists, who would they be and why?

If I could only listen to a band or artist, I would have to say Hillsong Worship because of their uplifting and powerful messages of faith and hope.

What was your go-to lunch and favorite snack as an elementary student?

My favorite school lunch has always been pizza.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

My favorite holiday is Christmas. Christmas is such a special holiday filled with joy, warmth and togetherness. I love the festive decorations, cheerful energy and the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones.

Who was your best friend when you were in school?

I had a lot of good friends growing up at school, and we shared great memories together, but my best friends were Johanna and Sonia.

What were your extracurricular activities as a student? Did you win any accolades or honors?

I was quite involved in extracurricular activities during school. I enjoyed gymnastics, volleyball, dance and choir.



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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