IMG_0033 (Small)Sophia Sanders

A wise man once said, “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”

As an educator but first a student, I have sat through classes where the need to gnaw at any available body part has darted across my mind due to sheer boredom or simply, the realization that I have hit a mind block.  During this process, I am either faced with the decision to tune out or try to figure out the fact if I truly love the subject matter or just plain lack intelligence. For many students, a passion for education is often ignited by an inspiring teacher. I teach because there is nothing better than having one of my students realize they’re stronger and more resilient than they ever thought possible  I graduated from Pace University receiving a BA in Computer Science, minors in business and Mathematics.  I went on to achieve a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems.  Years later, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a MAT in the area of Mathematics education (7-12) and (5-9) from Manhattanville College.  As a math student I learned best from my mistakes.  I own those mistakes, understand those mistakes, and then I revamp my learning to get it right.  My teaching philosophy is very simple.  Students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.  I show my caring by forming relationships with my students and trying to help them find their dreams and strengths so they can believe in themselves the way I believe in them.  Either way they are the future and have unlimited value.  One of my favorite poets, Robert Frost, depicted a simple yet iconic reflection on a major, life-changing shift in his life. He stated in Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening that, “He will not see me stopping here to watch his woods fill up with snow…I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep”.  Like Frost, I also have miles to go before I sleep because with child comes a revelation.