T.R. Simmons provides new start for Dickerson

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 1/5/20

Sandy Dickerson prayed for a new job opportunity, a fresh start, and ten months ago, her prayers were answered.

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T.R. Simmons provides new start for Dickerson

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Sandy Dickerson prayed for a new job opportunity, a fresh start, and ten months ago, her prayers were answered.

"If it weren't for God, I wouldn't have got this job," Dickerson said during a rare break in the library of T.R. Simmons Elementary School.

Dickerson was given a custodial position at the school in March 2018. She worked at Walker Baptist Medical Center in housekeeping for six months prior, but the job prevented her from sometimes attending church.

Now, Dickerson doesn't miss church services at Eastside Baptist Church in Jasper, and she has gained a school family that she didn't realize she needed.

"The kids make me feel better," Dickerson said. "There's one little girl in one room. Her kinfolks are our church members. She'll see me a mile away, and she'll just run to me. These kids are the best medicine."

Seven years ago, Dickerson's husband, who was a pastor, died. She later injured her foot and was disabled for three years.  

Dickerson's career as an office assistant at a local doctor's office also came to a close.  

She says securing the job at T.R. Simmons is just what she needed to brighten her spirits.

"These people are so good, and I love these kids," she said.

In addition to cleaning the school's kindergarten and pre-K hall, Dickerson also helps distribute bags filled with food to classrooms as part of the Backyard Blessings program. The food is discretely sent home with children in need. 

She also serves as a mentor to the students and gives countless hugs.

When the Manchester native isn't at school, you'll likely find her singing at church or spending time with her three daughters and four granddaughters, who affectionately call her "Mimi."  

"I love my grandbabies. They're my rock. I love my family," she said.

Dickerson expressed many times that she loves people and joked that friends have told her she should be a Walmart greeter. Instead, she welcomes hundreds of children each day at T.R. Simmons.

"God is good," she said.