Currently in her seventeenth year in the school district, Wigley handles much of the day-to-day work of the district’s breakfast and lunch programs.
According to the National Education Association website, “Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Pediatrics, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry document the negative effects of hunger on children’s academic performance and behavior in school. Hungry children have lower math scores. They are also more likely to repeat a grade, come to school late, or miss it entirely.”
Laurens County School District 55 is fortunate to have a student nutrition department that is well aware of the impact of nutrition on today’s youth. In order to provide free breakfast and lunch to every student in the district every day, many professionals work together to fulfill their role in the process.
As a result of visiting the school cafeteria throughout the year, many students become familiar with the cafeteria staff members, but most likely will never see Wigley. Rest assured, though, that her work behind the scenes is of upmost importance.
“Tammy is a hard-working and dedicated team member. She brings her very best each day and is a true asset to the district. She plays a vital role in our department’s success,” said Wanda Knight, Laurens 55 Director of Student Nutrition.
When asked what inspires her each day, Wigley is quick to respond, “It inspires me to know that I have a role in providing healthy meals to the students in District 55. I truly enjoy work each day and am blessed to work with good people who sincerely want the best for children.”
When not working, Wigley enjoys spending time with husband, Todd, and son, Justin, and relaxing by the swimming pool with a good book.
“I also really enjoy playing with my sweet Chihuahua, Dolly,” she says.