Have you ever noticed in a really good story, how key characters come along at just the right moment? Not so early that they ruin their entrances, yet not so late that their importance is lost. So it is with Drury's Comer tale and Loleta Sartin.
A Yale training session provided the perfect opportunity for a chance meeting between Drury's Jayne White and Sartin, a grade-school teacher who was familiar with the Comer model from her work in a New Orleans school. Over conversations spanning the several days of a conference at Yale, White casually offered Sartin an opportunity to learn more about Drury's approach to Comer-style schooling. Intrigued with White's portrayal of Drury, Sartin took the offer seriously.
Just one month later, she was interviewing for a position that didn't technically exist yet at Drury - Comer school facilitator. Making a positive impression during her visit, Sartin was offered the chance to become Drury's Comer facilitator and serve as a special instructor in the School of Education and Child Development.
"Loleta has every qualification we were looking for," says White. "She is bright, personable, well-educated, energetic, and experienced in teaching both in a Comer school and in an urban area."
By August 1998, Sartin had joined the Drury family. Since then, working constantly and closely with school administrators and Drury faculty, she has kept the partnership on track. With the warm energy of a woodburning stove and a tenacity rivaling Krazy Glue, Sartin makes sure everyone stays focused on improving learning opportunities for children.