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July 29, 2004

Albany-- It's easy for school superintendents to get lost in the paperwork of their jobs. But, one longtime educator is making a commitment not to forget why she got into the business in the first place.

Dr. Sally Whatley is in charge of 17,000 Dougherty County students.

She made a promise last year to make contact with as many of her students as possible--accepting countless invitations and attending events, "Even though it is in the evening, or very early in the morning, or even on the weekend I try very diligently to do that because it will give me an opportunity to make a connection with a child or with a staff member in the school system."

She carries a digital camera with her to snap pictures of her students. She even keeps a record of how many times she visits a school. Last year, she wrote more than 800 letters to different students congratulating them on their many achievements.

Posted at 4:35 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com