Scholar Stories: Sandra Springer

How do you use writing or art in your life?

Writing is a very important tool, which I use to make my voice and the voice of those who I serve be heard.  I conduct a Saturday service program with my students, and we use art to not only beautify our school, but to show the colors and the expression of our cultural heritage. 

What lessons/teachings from your family, home and/or community do you draw on in your teaching and/or scholarship?

Definitely, the life lessons of service and commitment to my community come from my dad. He did not need to talk to teach me, but his actions taught me how important it is to improve the life of our communities because in that way we also improve ours.

What would you tell your younger self?

If I were young again, I would tell myself that dreams come true, and  that it is important to take advantage of every single learning opportunity you have, and do not be afraid to make mistakes.

Advice for new scholars and/or teachers

If I could give advice to my teacher colleagues, it would be to open yourself to new learning experiences, even if they seem scary at first. Make sure that your teaching philosophy is aligned with the main purpose of educating our students to be whole and free. Finally, I think it is important to look at our own personal bias as the first step to improve our teaching.  

 Twitter handle: @sspringer0

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