By Pfc Sung Il Choi (IMCOM)October 24, 2011
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea- Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal visited Seoul American Elementary School and showed her special interest and care for the school Oct. 17.
It was her first visit to Korea after her husband, Nathan Deal, was elected as governor of Georgia this January.
Deal, who was born to parents who chose teaching as a profession had been a school teacher for almost 16 years before she became the first lady. She taught students from elementary to high school and has always missed her former life of teaching. During their visit to Korea Oct. 15 to 19, she decided to visit SAES on her own choice and learn more about the education and programs on Military posts.
Deal was escorted by Dolphin Delegates, students who represent SAES and lead tours of the school for visitors. She witnessed different classes of each grade and met all the students and teachers. In every classroom she answered every question from students about the state of Georgia and her experience as a teacher, mother, grandmother and volunteer.
"She and her husband have been interested in education which is really great," SAES Literacy Support Specialist Janie Stewart said after a short discussion with Deal who looked at the programs and materials for every grade in detail. "We need that kind of support from the people way up higher than our level and it's a great chance to show them what schools in the Military provide."
Deal delivered her sincere message to every student and teacher she met.
"It's very important to learn as much as you can," said Deal. "You are going to be future leaders and we're getting old. Our leaders need to be smart and have wisdom from experiencing and learning in a lot of different ways. And it's important to be kind because if you want people to vote for you, you have to have a kind heart."