\u00a0Building memories Sandra White, Shelton Intermediate School House One secretary, comes out of her office each morning to greet the smiling faces of energized students. She said she strives to contribute to the students\u2019 overall experience in the school system in any way she can. \u201cI like kids,\u201d White said, amongst the yells and talk of students in the hallway. \u201cIt\u2019s the reason I work.\u201d White has been an employee in Shelton and its schools for nearly 42 years. Her work experience has ranged from working at Sunnyside Elementary School, Shelton High School and now her current position at SIS. Throughout her career, she has worked under eight superintendents. \u201cShe is a special person who\u2019s dedicated to students and I think that\u2019s what\u2019s provided her\u00a0long tenured years in the school system,\u201d said Shelton Intermediate School Headmaster Ken\u00a0Saranich. White has worked with Saranich since the beginning of his career as headmaster of Shelton Intermediate. Her responsibilities include monitoring the student\u2019s behavior, checking if they need help and contacting the appropriate person to assist them. \u201cI want them to be comfortable coming to the office,\u201d White said. \u201cThe office shouldn\u2019t be a\u00a0bad place to go to.\u201d White said she has a passion for helping the students and making sure they work hard to succeed. She keeps a good relationship with the seventh and eighth graders and creates a welcoming environment. Recently, she checked up on the students at the school dance to see how they were doing. \u201cPersonally she really bonds with the students, she manages the students [and] she is always\u00a0looking out for kids,\u201d said House One Housemaster, Carolyn Ivanoff. \u201cSometimes we have kids in crisis which have to be managed, she is always appropriate, she\u2019s always professional and there is no grandstanding.\u201d White said she wants to remain accessible to the students and staff. \u201cThat is what makes me like\u00a0kids. They come in every morning they say, \u2018how are you doing, how is your day,\u2019\u201d White said. \u201cTwo years with the same students makes a difference, you get to know them, you get personal.\u201d White\u2019s motto, \u201cLife is building memories,\u201d is shown by the students who talk to her and her\u00a0work to improve the their education and school experience. \u201cShe won\u2019t give up the idea of being around kids and helping kids and that makes her really\u00a0special and an asset to us,\u201d Saranich said.