Family: Scott Sandberg (husband), Max (son), Ruthie and Hudson Sandberg (live in S.C.), Julie Sandberg (daughter) who is moving to N.C. soon. Years in the Golden Isles: Almost four years
Occupation: Nursing professor What brought you to the Golden Isles: I was hired as an assistant professor of nursing at College of Coastal Georgia. As a nursing professor at College of Coastal Georgia, what are you most impressed with at the college: I love how involved the college is in the community. They do a lot of service-learning activities that involve working with community partners to meet community needs and fulfill academic objectives. It’s a win-win for everyone, and it shows students how rewarding it is to give back to the community. Our nursing students are involved in service-learning classes every semester and it gives them a different perspective than clinical assignments do. A local you admire: I’d have to say Sal Cenicola, from Sal’s Pizzeria. He is such a happy person! He loves saying hello to all his customers and sharing his love of life, Italian food, and Frank Sinatra. Going to his restaurant is like going home, and if you’re lucky he’ll sing along with Old Blue Eyes. Even now, during his toughest fight yet, Sal is still singing! Having used to be a nurse and now being a nursing professor, what gratification do you receive through nursing: As nurses we see the full range of human life, from before birth to death. We are involved in some of the most vulnerable moments of people’s lives. To be able to help them, or listen or just be with them is such an honor. As a nursing professor, I want my students to realize what a privilege that is. Nursing is the most trusted profession and we must live up to our patients’ trust in us. It’s very gratifying to think that I have influenced the care of thousands of patients through my students.Favorite thing to do in the Golden Isles when you’re not working: I love photographing the beauty of the Golden Isles! I grew up in a family of talented photographers and got my first camera at age 13. I’ve been taking pictures ever since and this is great place to do it! I just recently joined the Coastal Photographers Guild and entered several photographs in their annual Big Photo Shoot. I also enjoy capturing relationships in photographs, especially families. Having been a pediatric nurse for almost 20 years, I’m really comfortable with children and that makes it easier to get good shots quickly. In fact, I’ve recently started a side business, Coastal Reflections Photography.