Patsy Sandifer is beginning her 29th year as an Educator. She is starting her 2nd year as the Counselor at the Lawrence County Technology & Career Center. Sandifer has served as Counselor, Coach, Advisor, and Teacher/Instructor. She has worked as a Counselor at the elementary, junior high, high school, and college levels. She had been working in the Lawrence County School District as the Academic Counselor at LCHS for 4
years prior to her move to the LCTCC.
Patsy Sandifer had rejoined Lawrence County School District as Academic Counselor for Lawrence County High School in 2015 after 9 years at Southwest MS Community College as their Head Softball Coach/Academic Counselor.
A Lawrence County native, Coach Patsy Sandifer graduated from Topeka-Tilton High School in 1985. She graduated from Mississippi College in 1989 with her BSEd and in 1991 with her Master in Education in School Counseling. Coach Sandifer played on the Lady Choctaw Fast-Pitch Softball team from 1986-1989, and then coached as a Graduate Assistant in 1990-1991. She was named All-Gulf South Conference Player and Team Captain for her leadership on the Choctaw Team.
In 1992 the Administration of the Lawrence County School District was in need of a slow-pitch softball coach and Sandifer accepted the challenge. Coach Sandifer maintained a slow-pitch and fast pitch career record of 166-98, this includes several playoff berths. Under the guidance of Coach Sandifer the Cougars won several Division titles and finished 4th in the state in 2000 and 3rd in the state in 2001. She was selected Coach of the Year in 2000 for both slow and fast pitch softball. She was also selected as the 2000 MS Association of Coaches South All-Star Coach, and the 2001 Daily Leader Slow-pitch Coach of the Year. Coach Sandifer organized and began the Lawrence County Girls Summer Softball League in 1993 which opened the door for girls ages 5-18 to play competitive softball in the county.
Coach Sandifer became the Head Softball Coach, Academic Counselor, and Instructor at Southwest Mississippi Community College in 2006. . In that time she helped improve the program with facilities, recruitment, player enhancement, and player academic performance. “I am so proud of the young ladies I’ve had the privilege to Coach. We’ve had players who have gone on to become professionals in their career of choice. Some are nurses, attorneys, coaches, and the list goes on. What an honor to coach at the college level and see young ladies develop both on and off the field.” Sandifers’ Teams were named Academic All-American all nine years under her realm. That means the Team gpa was 3.0 or higher. Sandifer served as MACJC Chairperson for two years – an honor voted on by her peer Coaches across the state. Sandifer coached many All-South MACJC Division, All-State MACJC, All-Region 23, All-Distinguished Academic, and All-Academic American players. In addition to Coaching Sandifer worked in the Counseling Center for 5 years, taught online classes for 7 years, taught Orientations classes for 4 years, and Advised students academically. She has been a member of the NJCAA, the MACJC, the Mississippi Association of Coaches, the Mississippi High School Activities Association, and the National Federation Coaches Association.
In the Counseling field Sandifer has been a member of the American School Counselor Association, the Mississippi Counselors Association, the American Counseling Association, the Magnolia Region Counselors, and the Mississippi Vocational Counselors Association. Sandifer has implemented several new programs in the Lawrence County School District including becoming an ACT Test Site in 2003. She has been able to get ACT to add 2 more months to the testing calendar beginning school year 19-20 and, thus, provide this service to students in our community and surrounding communities.
“Ms. Sandifer has come in to the LCTCC ready to help implement some things we haven’t been doing in the past couple years such as hosting Career Days,” said Dr. Quin, LCTCC Director. “Not only are we setting up one, but we are setting up two Career Days because we feel it can be so beneficial as students plan for their future.” “We want to expose our students to what careers are available to them … it’s never too early to begin thinking and looking. We are excited to have her experience and energy on board at the LCTCC.” Sandifer has implemented a strong Counseling Program at the LCTCC which includes a Counselor Newsletter, meeting with all LCTCC students about College and Career Readiness, helping to add Exploring Computer Science to our curriculum along with Work-Based Learning (Career Pathway Experience), also, to the curriculum for the current year 20-21. Sandifer also developed Student Applications allowing students to apply for entrance into our LCTCC Programs. She was named the Employee of the Month in Sept. 2019 for the LCTCC.