SACC instructor retires after 30 years
This is the image for the news article titled SACC instructor retires after 30 yearsSchool Age Child Care (SACC) coordinator Jackie Beitz is accustomed to employee turnover in her line of work. There are not many candidates able to maintain the unusual schedule required of before-and-after school care employees.

Recently, however, Beitz was able to witness a SACC program first: the retiring of an instructor who had served in the role for 30 years.

Lori Martin, who began her work in the SACC program at Kennedy Elementary School in 1988, was made for the job, according to Beitz.

“She truly is a natural!” says Beitz. “She has always gone above and beyond to connect with everyone she encounters, whether students, parents, or colleagues.”

After seven years at Kennedy, Martin moved to Johnson Upper Elementary School, where she spent the rest of her career. Her daily schedule consisted of a shift from 7:00-8:30 a.m., and then another from 3:15-6:00 p.m.

Beitz can attest to Martin’s talents as both a supervisor and a parent. Beitz’s own daughter attended the SACC program at Johnson, and experienced first-hand Martin’s dedication and positivity.

“The peace of mind we experienced knowing our daughter was safe and cared for was priceless,” says Beitz.

Beitz and her family are not the only people to have noticed Martin’s gifts. Martin has mentored many new staff members, and has presented her creative ideas at numerous workshops and state conferences.

Martin will be greatly missed by the Livonia Public Schools community. We wish her all the best in her retirement.