Dr. Kandy Worley Named SASSP Middle School Principal of the Year

Posted on 04/16/2018
Dr. Kandy Worley Named SASSP Middle School Principal of the Year


Behind every great school is a caring principal. A principal who not only supports the school’s success, but also fosters good character, builds relationships, encourages collaboration, and instills a love of learning. Saeger Middle School Principal Dr. Kandy Worley exhibits all these traits and more. Recognizing the dedication and outstanding example Dr. Worley has set, the St. Louis Association of Secondary School Principals (SASSP) recently named her the Middle School Principal of the Year.

Award groupDr. Worley has made a positive impact at Saeger by building trusting relationships with students and really getting to know them. “I invest a lot of time in my students and making students feel good about themselves and their school,” said Dr. Worley. “My parents know that I care about their children and their learning.”

She has established a positive and collaborative culture at Saeger, where teachers are truly part of a professional learning community (PLC). At Saeger, PLC leadership is the norm and discussions about assessment data and student achievement occur regularly and influence next steps for instruction and student learning. This work has led to the continued improvement of Saeger’s MAP scores over the past three years. Dr. Worley has worked to not only improve student success, but the learning environment as well. She has created a culture where kids are loved, are comfortable, and feel safe.

It is evident that Dr. Worley is passionate about learning, her students, and her staff. “If I were to name or think of the one thing that makes me happy about what I do, it would be the kids. It is their laughter, smiles, their innocence, and sometimes even their mischievous nature,” said Dr. Worley. “We have some of the best students and staff I have ever had the privilege to work with, and I am lucky to be the principal at Saeger Middle School.”

Dr. Worley has been a member of the FHSD family for the past 23 years, working as a Spanish teacher, high school assistant principal, high school principal, and in her current role as Saeger’s principal.
Dr. Worley earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Maryville University in 2009.

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