Meet 354K’s Program Director Sean Wynter. For over a decade, Sean has worked for SASF and shares his moments of inspirations from his students and staff members. Read more in our latest interview.
Tell us how you first got involved in with SASF! How long have you been with SASF? 354K?
September 2017 will mark my 11th year with SASF. My very first introduction to SASF was at MS 352K. At that time, the school was in great need of an afterschool program. Fortunately, United Way would fund this program. I started as a counselor working in the sports department. The Assistant Director at the time took me under her wing and helped a young shy kid like me to develop my leadership skills while also giving me the tools needed to develop the confidence in myself. As a result of this, I would later become one of the staff members who played a very active role in program management.
When it comes to your site, what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the growth of each of our students at the site. The students that walk through the doors on the first day of program to the last day in June leave completely filled with new experiences and memories that they will take with them for the rest of their lives. As a team, we have all (students, parents, school administration and staff) worked very hard to make the program the best it could possibly be for the students. Our goal is to provide the best possible service to each of the students by any means necessary.
Tell me about someone who has inspired you at SASF.
There are many individuals who inspired me along the way but I have always had a special place in my heart for my “line” staff who work day in and day out, always giving 110% effort at all times, with very little reward. They show up everyday and make it their goal to ensure each student leaves with a new experience or had a great time.
How do you keep a healthy work/life balance?
I am very religious and try my best to take life one moment at a time. I read somewhere that we should not worry about problems and should only worry about solutions. That has helped me to stay as balanced as possible…and when all else fails, a game of pick-up basketball on a Friday with my 8th grade boys is always fun.
What do you think is the most important quality you need to have for success?
Self-reliance, patience and willpower.