Lori Sanders

I have lived in Pickerington for 32 years with my husband, Mike, and three children. All of my children went through Pickerington Schools. Ashley graduated in 2001, Matt in 2005, and Audrey in 2010. Being from a military family, we moved to Central Ohio in the early 1970s to a thriving Lockbourne (Rickenbacker) military base and attended Groveport Schools. I continued my education at The Ohio State University, graduating with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy.

I currently operate a contracting service and work in pediatric and school therapy. In my spare time I oversee the Pickerington branch of Columbus Volleyball Academy. I have served on the Board of Education of 18 years.


B.S.: Occupational therapy, The Ohio State University

Additional Information

Why did you choose to serve on the board of education?

I spent many years volunteering in various areas of the school district and the community before running for the school board. For me, community service is a very important thing for people to commit to. I felt the board was always in need of community members who were committed to giving their time to serve the district and the community.

What have you been proudest of achieving during your time as a board member?

Although we spent many years just trying to keep up with growth, I am most proud of being part of a community that is willing to support construction of facilities for students. I am also most proud of feeling that we have been conservative in our spending of community tax dollars. Both of these things lead to why we are here, and that is the pride and achievement we feel every year when we stand on the stage to honor our graduates, knowing we have done our best to prepare them for the future.

What do you think makes PLSD distinct?

There are a few things that have always made Pickerington distinct. Our district is the largest employer in the community, and I believe our community has always put its schools first, even when it meant we might have to adjust personal priorities. I have always felt the genuine focus our parents and community place on the importance of education. This contributes greatly to our children, but also to one of the most admirable features of our community.

What has being a board member taught you?

One of the greatest things being a board member has taught me is that as a board member we can only do the best we can given the information and resources we have available. Members of the community will not always understand some of our decisions, and no matter what we do there will always be community members who disagree with decisions made. Accepting this becomes what makes us embrace being the individuals are.

If you could give one piece of advice to PLSD students, what would it be?

One of the best pieces of advice I can give to students is to be diverse. I believe (and have lived through as a parent) seeing the advantages of promoting the notion of being a well-rounded student. So many life skills are learned in so many different ways both in and out of the classroom, and sometimes I think students are too focused in one area of study.

What is the one thing people don't realize about being a school board member?

Usually, people believe you know everything going on in the district! Along with this is the expectation that our job is more operational than it is. We all take pride in serving on this board, spend a lot of time keeping current with the information we are provided, and do our own personal research to keep up with the educational world. That being said, we are not involved in the day-to-day running of the district.