Superintendent, Sandra Wilcher

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Sandra Wilcher, a long time advocate for children and families, was named Superintendent of Lowndes County Schools on December 12, 2023. Native to Lowndes County, she graduated from Lowndes High School and went on to achieve two degrees from Valdosta State University, ultimately becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her educational journey continued with the attainment of an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. 

Wilcher’s passion for education began when she taught informal English classes in Thailand at a university. Upon returning, she joined the staff at Lowndes County Schools, her alma mater in 1999. Since then, she has been an integral part of the One Lowndes Family, serving as an administrator since 2009. Known for her unwavering support during challenging times, Wilcher has worked closely with all schools in the district. 

Having most recently served as the system’s Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Wilcher oversaw a comprehensive portfolio including special education, public relations, central registration, school resource officers, and student support. She has also served as Interim Superintendent for the six months prior to being named Superintendent. 

Mrs. Wilcher's educational philosophy centers on the belief that addressing the foundational needs of students is paramount for effective learning. She emphasizes, "Focusing on the needs of the whole child allows the school system to address obstacles hindering learning so we can accomplish the mission of educating students." Her overarching mission is to positively impact the academic, social, emotional, and cultural needs of the Viking Family, reflecting her dedication to creating a well-rounded educational experience.

Students, staff, and the community have been impacted by her leadership in a positive manner. Mrs. Wilcher received the Hero of Hope Award for the City of Valdosta/Lowndes County in 2022 and has previously received the Georgia School Social Worker of the Year award, Valdosta State Social Work Alumni of the Year, and various other volunteer recognitions. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in 1991, her Master’s in Social Work from Valdosta State University in 1998, and her Education Specialist from Nova Southeastern University in 2007.