The Washington-Holmes Technical Center (WHTC) retirees and spouses honored Wayne Saunders with a luncheon at The Oaks Restaurant in Marianna. The attendees expressed their appreciation to Mr. Saunders, for not only hiring them, but for his leadership style and his encouragement and support that helped to make the instructors, the students, and WHTC a success.
Bill Gunter, who served as the master of ceremonies, stated that Mr. Saunders was known throughout the state of Florida for his knowledge in vocational and technical education. He added that during Saunders’s terms as director, employees from other schools throughout Florida and other states often visited WHTC for a model of an exemplary school. Gunter also stated that it has been said that the words, “A man can accomplish great things as long as he doesn’t care who gets the credit”, personifies Wayne Saunders.
Attendees expressed how much Mr. Saunders impacted their lives and described his leadership style, not as a micro manager, but as a style which empowered them to achieve more than they believed they could. Ada Brown, former Distributive Education instructor, expressed that Mr. Saunders would always tell them that he hired them because of their skills and experience. “He would tell us what we needed to do, and he was there to help us accomplish it. He provided us with the support and resources we needed for our classrooms and our students.”
Doris Roark, who worked in the Learning Resource Center, expressed that she would not be where she is today if it were not for Mr. and Mrs. Saunders and that their love for the Lord is very evident through the way they treat others.
Mr. Saunders has devoted his entire adult life to students and to education, having served as a teacher, coach, principal, and school board member. He is described by the WHTC retiree “family” as wonderful man, administrator, leader, and friend. Mr. and Mrs. Saunders plan to continue to be involved in school activities throughout Washington County.
Standing from left: Kenny Foy, Bill Gunter, Myrtle Matthews, Ada Johnston, Gene Roberts, Gloria Thurman, Larry Pippin, Eva Williams, Ralph Ray, Vic Marshall, Vernice Turner, Wayne Turner, Bert Roberts, Liz Braxton, Shannon Duren, Brenda Walsingham, Olin Gilbert, Richard Clark, Wayne Tharpe, Howard Kent; seated: Mary Davis, Mary Herman, Carol Phillips, Nancy Pippin, Carolyn Saunders, Wayne Saunders, Doris Roark, Pat Salter, Sallie Johnson.