Sandra holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also has First Aid, CPR, AED, Anaphylaxis, and Bloodborne Pathogens training. After graduate school, Sandra worked for 2 years in Guayaquil, Ecuador as a social worker and then later taught psychology at a local private university. When she returned to the States, she worked as a social worker in the area of foster care and adoption for 8 years, and then transitioned to working for the HISD school district for 6 years.
Sandra took a sabbatical from full time work when she had her son Andrés in 2010, and delved right into motherhood and in what she perceives as the greatest, hardest, bravest life work. She also has a 23 year-old stepson, Kyle who graduated from Texas A&M and works for McKinsey & Company as a consultant. After her son, Andrés entered Kindergarten, she returned to work part-time for Garden Oaks Montessori where she was reminded of her deep love for the Montessori way of teaching and which she had initially been exposed to in her college years when she was a teacher aide at South-Hampton Montessori in Houston. Sandra then worked for a few years on a contract basis, conducting psycho-social assessments for Children’s Crisis Care Center. However, all along she desired to return to the schools and find a work community that was positive, warm and supportive. The opportunity to be in the dual role of school counselor and healthcare coordinator at St. Catherine’s is something that she said, “completely fell in my lap” and was “divinely timed”. She feels so fortunate to be working at St. Catherine’s and perceives it to be a place that exudes warmth, kindness and the purest form of Montessori teaching and learning.
Sandra recharges and unwinds by listening to “soulful” podcasts, taking long walks or bike rides with her husband Marc (who is an engineer at NASA), traveling with her family and practicing yoga on a regular basis.