As a senior in high school, Tammie De Los Santos drove past the construction site of St. Charles Community College on the way to school every day and told herself, “One day, I’m going to work there.”
Nearly 15 years later, she was exactly right.
Tammie was a member of the first graduating class of Fort Zumwalt South High School in 1990 and she went on to earn her Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology at Missouri State University in 1995. She also has a master’s in business administration and a master of arts in teaching, both from Lindenwood University.
She began her career in 1995 as a counselor at Youth In Need, where she worked with runaway and homeless youth. She became family and community partnership director for their Head Start/Early Head Start program in 1998 when Youth In Need was awarded a federal grant program.
Her career moved to education in 2003 when she became the school social worker for Boonslick State School for the Severely Disabled. She served as secretary on the Board of Directors and became co-chairperson of all fundraising efforts for Family Support Services in O'Fallon, helping raise more than $3.5 million.
Then in 2005, she saw an ad for a job at SCC. “I had just completed my first master’s degree, and that’s what the job called for,” Tammie said. “Plus, I had both the business and the education background – it was a perfect fit.”
SCC hired Tammie as the coordinator of school business programs, where she developed programs for middle and high school students. “I was able to use my business knowledge and the connections I had, along with my experience in working with youth, to my advantage,” she said.
Tammie helps middle and high school students prepare for their careers and creates student programs focused on career development, exploration and readiness. “I think what we do here at SCC is important to so many people, and I always knew in my heart that I would be working at an institution of higher education someday,” she said. “SCC was right in my backyard and I’ve watched it grow so much. I’m just happy I’m able to be a part of it.”
Since she was hired, Tammie’s job has evolved and she’s been doing a lot more job training and work with the business community. She is involved in several local organizations and she has many titles, including program manager for the St. Charles County Alliance for Business, Learning and Education (ABLE), a school-business partnership.
Tammie was instrumental in organizing ABLE, where her job is to manage program operations and work with community volunteers. “ABLE raises money to create specific programs for middle and high school students in the community,” she said. “We give out mini-grants to teachers, provide funding for classroom needs and host an annual teacher awards program.”
Tammie serves as the chairwoman of the St. Charles County Youth Council and is a member of the Partners for Progress Education Committee, Young Professionals of St. Charles, St. Charles Jaycees and the A+ Committee for Orchard Farm School District. She is a certified adult education and literacy teacher and business education teacher, and is an adjunct faculty member at SCC.
In 2009, Tammie was a recipient of the St. Charles County Dove Award for Educational Influence and in 2011, she received the Missouri Jaycees Outstanding Young Missourian award.
Tammie’s commitment to education is apparent through her career, experience and involvement in the community. “I’ve always believed in education and I have a passion for it,” she said. “I think it is important and it can take people to wherever they want to go.”