Sandra Deal has centered her life on matters involving family and children in her roles as mother, grandmother, teacher and volunteer in her church. Following her parents' example, Mrs. Deal chose teaching as a profession. She graduated from what is now Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
Mrs. Deal has since retired from education and devotes her time to being a partner in her husband's public service and an active grandmother. Her platform as first lady, “With a Servant’s Heart,” is based on a foundation of volunteerism, community involvement and outreach.
The first lady and her husband, Governor Nathan Deal, met on a blind date as college students. They have been married since 1966 and have four children and six grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia.