“I went to Cary-Grove and have been very blessed to have my career at Cary-Grove also. It is a very special place with a great administration and wonderful teachers and staff. It is hard to put into words what this means. I don't do my job for the outward rewards, I get my reward by helping others. ,” said Saffert.
Safferts path to becoming vice principal at her alma mater is unique.
“I received a bachelor's degree in finance. I worked for General Electric for seven years, but did not feel like I was doing anything for others. I had always wanted to teach, so I went back and got my teaching degree. I taught math for 10 years, then became a dean for eight years before becoming vice principal,” said Saffert.
Principal Jay Sargeant nominated Rebecca for the award because of her dedication.
“I think she is an outstanding leader in the district, but in particular our building. She will do anything to help our staff and our kids. Rebecca routinely goes above and beyond, and she deserves some recognition for that. Our team is extremely grateful to have her as a colleague and a peer every single day at Cary-Grove,” said Jay Sargeant, principal.
Rebecca serves on several committees including Parent University, GEMS, 1:1 Vision Committee, Assessment Evaluation Committee, Parent Advisory Committee, District Instructional Team, District Operations Team, Graduation Credit Committee, and the D155 Safe Driving Program.