Sergeant Jenny Sanchez

Class of 1993


Lisa Latella Schaffer(left), mom of SMS student Bella, says of Jenny: “we have been best friends since 2nd grade at St. Mary’s.  She was my maid of honor at my wedding and the friendship continues - 30+ years through all kinds of space and time.  She's family and our moms are best friends too.”

What is your current profession?

  • Lead Training Facilitator, Directorate of Professional Development
  • Master Sergeant, US Air Force

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Lead Training Facilitator, Directorate of Professional Development
  • Master Sergeant, US Air Force
  • Major Award & Decorations
  • Meritorious Service Medal

  • Air Force Commendation Medal

  • Air Force Achievement Medal

  • AF Outstanding Unit Award

  • AF Organizational Excellence Award

  • Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal

  • National Defense Service Medal

  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

  • AF Longevity Service

  • USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon

  • AF Recruiter Ribbon
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)

What was your educational path after graduating from St. Mary School?
1997-2000 - Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
2006 - Airman Leadership School, Non-Residence
2011 - Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL
2012 - Associate’s Degree in Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force
2013 - Associate’s Degree in Instructor of Technology and Military Science, Community College of the Air Force

What volunteer or charity efforts are you currently involved with?
DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation and ARPC Top III

How do you feel SMS provided you with a foundation for your future?
St Mary School prepared me by establishing a standard of high expectations, self-discipline, a rigorous curriculum, and a culture of the pursuance of higher education. The aforementioned coupled with a caring community, healthy social relationships, a safe supportive environment, and extremely committed parents set me up for success in all my future endeavors.

What are some of your favorite memories of SMS?
The most memorable thing for me is without a shadow of a doubt the lifelong friendships I made.

What advice can you give to our students?
Practice what is preached, stand firm and be true in your beliefs. Be kind to everyone and accept and cherish their uniqueness and differences. Finally, if you set your mind to it- believe in it no matter what it may be, no matter how odd, or difficult, believe it and achieve it.   The Air Force believes in 3 Core Values which I liken to our 10 Commandments:

  1. Integrity first
  2. Service before self
  3. Excellence in all we do