VALDOSTA -- Sandra Wilcher was recently recognized by the Mental Health Association of Valdosta and Lowndes County for outstanding professional services.

"I was excited and shocked," said the special education social worker, referring to the announcement. "I had no idea. It was such a big surprise. It's a blessing to know people think that much about what I do each day."

Wilcher joined the Lowndes County School System in 1999. She spends her days working with special education students and their families, helping them build upon their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

"She is a valuable member of the special education department as she is a liaison between the school and families to assure that students have the necessary resources to be successful in the school environment," said Sharon Harmon, director of special services for the Lowndes County School System. "She is a master at developing community resources to assist families. She is accessible and is capable of handling many responsibilities at one time. She provides excellent follow through to make sure any plan of action has been implemented and the results were positive for the student, the family, and the school. She has a talent for working with families in a respectful manner."

Before accepting a position with the Lowndes County School System, Wilcher worked as a psychiatric drug representative and with the Department of Family and Children Service's child protection division. She is a graduate of Valdosta State University.

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