Nicole Crandell Sasnett is the
daughter of Joseph and Mae Crandell. She grew up in Callahan,
Florida until her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida. It was in
Jacksonville that she completed her secondary education and then
attended Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tallahassee, Florida. Nicole
was instilled with the principles of hard work, integrity and care.
She took these principles with her as she embarked on her
post-secondary education at FAMU. Nicole continued her education as
part of the 2+2 program between UF/FAMU, and earned a full
scholarship to complete her education at University of Florida. Upon
graduation, Nicole returned to the city of Jacksonville and devoted
a year to service for America, through the AmeriCorps Duval Reads!
Program. During her service year, Nicole taught reading to
underserved, low performing youths. She was commended for the
outstanding improvement of her students by and fell in love with the
art of teaching.
While tutoring, she met her husband, Patrick. Mrs. Nicole Sasnett
went on to pursue a career as a teacher. Nicole has served as a
professional educator in both Duval and Columbia Counties. As an
educator, Nicole has been described as, “Fabulous”, “Effective and
Efficient”, by administrators, having “the best classroom I have
seen this year” by Differentiated Instruction staff, “Knowledgeable
and skilled, a good collaborator with colleagues, teachers and
stakeholders; challenging and caring; and my favorite teacher.”
Nicole is passionate about positively effecting students through her
diligent service and continuous improvement.
Nicole has received the Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at
Jacksonville University. She also continues her partnership with
University of Florida, where she earns graduate credits and will
earn full certification in biotechnology and plans to use her
certificate to teach college science.
Nicole has been recognized for her service to the community as a
Volunteer of the Year. During her college days, Mrs. Sasnett was an
active member in adopt a grandparent, in which she ministered to and
visited elderly individuals at a local nursing home, and
participated in monthly homeless ministry feedings. She was also
active in church as a choir member, liturgical dancer, children’s
church teacher and participated in a missionary trip to the Lesser
Antilles Island of Dominica.
As the Pastor’s wife, Nicole supports the service and work of
ministry in her own right, but is a mother first. She and her
husband, Pastor Sasnett, are the parents of four children, Patricia
Arielle, Albert Joseph, Clarisse Nicole and Nataleigh Miracle.