Principal - D.A.E.P.
Welcome to DAEP! My name is Sandy Garrett and I am proud to be the Principal at DAEP and look forward to working with each and every student that enters our hallways. It is my sincere endeavor that we help move our students into a direction of positive change. One of my favorite quotes is from Magic Johnson, “All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.” The team at DAEP embodies this sentiment and offers help, hope and belief in our students.
Belton has been my home for over twenty-five years, and I love the Big Red Community! I have spent the last nineteen years as part of the BISD family. I began my career in education as a 7th grade math teacher at Belton Junior High then moved to Lake Belton Middle School for a combined total of five years. I spent ten years at Belton High School serving as a teacher, facilitator and assistant principal. This is my fourth year at DAEP, and I am so pleased to be a part of such a great team. I am happily married, have five children and six grandchildren. I enjoy gardening, fishing, and anything in the outdoors, but my most prized past-time is getting to enjoy time with my family.
I was a history teacher for several years (in both Dallas and Belton) and saw students who struggled in school due to life and family circumstances. It was hard for them to learn their presidents or the 3 branches of government when they came to school hungry or scared. I went back to school for counseling in order to be able to work with students on what I saw to be more fundamental to their success in school – their self-esteem, their future goals, their college and career plans, and their overall emotional well-being. I chose to work at DAEP in order to spend more time with students who may need more attention and encouragement. For fun I enjoy escape rooms, board games, camping, and hiking. My wife is a teacher in Belton, and my children attend Belton schools, so I am invested in my community and in the success of Belton ISD.