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LOCAL Q&A

Sally Davis Warren

Local

Family: Husband, AJ Warren, and two children, Davis, 14, and Madison, 12.

Years in Golden Isles: I have lived in the Golden Isles my entire life, 45 years.

School: I attended Georgia Southern University for my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, Troy State University where I received my master’s degree in counseling, and I graduated May 5 from Troy State University with my educational specialist degree in curriculum and instruction.

Occupation: I am currently the instructional lead teacher at Goodyear Elementary and just completed my fourth year. This job is definitely near and dear to my heart, because I attended Goodyear Elementary for my entire elementary education, and my dad was my principal. I have always LOVED teaching and working in education, but working at Goodyear brings my life full circle. Having the opportunity to work at Goodyear after 22 years in education brings me back to the place where my love for education first began.

Tell us about a favorite moment with your children during social distancing: One of my favorite moments during social distancing has been going fishing with my kids in the pond behind our house. We are always so busy and never take advantage of the opportunity, but social distancing has made it a part of our daily routine. I guess that’s our “P.E.”

What are some homeschooling tips to finish out the school year? Tips for finishing out the school year would be to embrace the opportunity and have fun with it. Be creative and bring in some “old school” electives like home economics and wood shop. Let your kids make dinner or get some scrap wood and let them build something simple. This is definitely not something we planned for, but think of it as a rare opportunity! Your kids can learn more with you and through exploration than you ever imagined!

A local you admire: This is a hard one because there are so many locals who have influenced me and molded me into the person I am today, but if I have to pick one, I would definitely say Gail Manning. Mrs. Manning came into my life in 1990. Mrs. Manning was one of the sponsors for Pirates of the Spanish Main, which I was a member of, but she was much more than a sponsor. Mrs. Manning’s presence exuded beauty and grace as she guided us, without forcing. She modeled the type of lady we all aspired to become. She showed us the importance of community service, etiquette and forgiveness. She gave us freedom, but boundaries. She was present without hovering. She allowed us to make mistakes so we could learn. Mrs. Manning showed us that beauty isn’t just what you see on the outside, but true beauty is something that starts from deep within and shines bright for the world to see.

Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: My favorite landmark in the Golden Isles is Riverside. My family moved to Riverside about 35 years ago. At that time, it was one of the best kept secrets in Glynn County with very little residential development. We spent our days playing in Back River and exploring the woods. We spent countless hours on trampolines that had riverfront views. I feel so blessed to have had those years on Riverside before it was developed. My dad still lives in our house on Riverside so I visit often. Driving on to Riverside is always a treat as I see the beauty that has remained and all of my favorite memories of growing up come flooding back. It’s definitely a unique and special place.

Describe your perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles: A perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles would be starting the day off at Café Frederica with breakfast, followed by a day on the boat tubing and fishing. Late afternoon ice cream, shopping in the village and watching the sunset by the pier after dinner at Georgia Sea Grill.

What is your favorite part of raising children in the Golden Isles? My husband and I both grew up in the Golden Isles, and both of our families live here. So, I am super thankful to be able to raise my kids in a town, around family, where we both grew up.