Sandra Calkins—Starting Out Right in Life

Scientologist Sandra Calkins gained invaluable experience as a personal assistant. Her profile is one of 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos available on the Scientology website at

In her video at, Sandra Calkins’ infectious smile lights up the screen while her values and self-determined confidence give insight into her success as a nanny and personal assistant.

After graduating from high school in Clearwater, Florida, Calkins was offered a job caring for the children of a working couple who needed a full-time nanny. She became the family’s personal assistant once the children were in school.

“I loved the whole family and adored my job,” says Calkins. “I played with the kids, helped them with their schoolwork and made sure they got everywhere on time. I took over doing the shopping, cleaning and scheduling too. It really kept me on my toes.”

After eight years as the family’s chief organizer, in 2010, Calkins, now 26, moved to California, where she accepted a staff position at the Church of Scientology of Sacramento.

“I had planned a trip to Los Angeles and stopped on the way to visit my boyfriend in Sacramento,” she says. “I fell in love with the city and the staff at the Church of Scientology there. When they invited me to join them, I was thrilled to become part of the team.”

Calkins is tackling her new responsibilities with the same self-confidence and vigor that made her a success in her previous work.

“I’m a Scientologist because I found it works for me,” says Calkins. “The things that are important to me are my moral code and my integrity. I tell myself what to do and I run my own life.”

The popular “Meet a Scientologist” profiles on the Church of Scientology International Video Channel at now total 200 broadcast-quality documentary videos featuring Scientologists from diverse locations and walks of life. The personal stories are told by Scientologists who are educators, teenagers, skydivers, a golf instructor, a hip-hop dancer, IT manager, stunt pilot, mothers, fathers, dentists, photographers, actors, musicians, fashion designers, engineers, students, business owners and more.

A digital pioneer and leader in the online religious community, in April 2008 the Church of Scientology became the first major religion to launch its own official YouTube Video Channel, which has now been viewed by millions of visitors.