Born and raised in Washington State, Sandra moved east after receiving a fellowship to the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk. She went on to earn an MFA from Yale University, then remained in New Haven to teach at the Educational Center for the Arts. Her memories of the beauty of the northwest corner of Connecticut eventually drew her back to the area.

Sandra’s focus shifted from studio art to educating herself about children and adults who learn differently after her daughter was evaluated and found to be dyslexic. She went on to work at the Kildonan School for twenty-six years where she wore a number of hats including, Orton-Gillingham tutor, Co-Director of the elementary program, Studio Art instructor, Visual Learning advisor, and founder of the EDGE program, where students were given the time, space, and support to pursue a passion through multiple academic and creative lenses. Now, she is excited to bring her many years of experience, her creative approach to learning, and her life-long commitment to supporting those who learn differently to the students and families of Indian Mountain School.

Sandra’s daughter and son both attended IMS…a family of ‘grays.’