60-Second Interview: Sandy Singco, Learning Support Department Chair


When I was growing up, I wanted to be a:

Lawyer

I got into education because:

I love seeing kids grow.  Education encompasses more than the knowledge that comes in a book. Students learn how to relate to others, develope their sense of curiosity and accept responsibilty. This is what they need to go into the world prepared.

A few words or phrases that describe my approach to teaching/ working with teenagers:

Support doesn't consist of telling a student how to do do something, but instead,giving them the tools to discover that they can do it.

I am constantly surprised by:

The brillance and compassion of our Marvelwood students.

Describe a student who's done well at Marvelwood:

I have had students who come in feeling beat up by perceived failure. I remember one young man, when he receive the first A on an assignment they he indpendently, his smile said it all. He was able to make strides in a subject people had said he could never make progress in.

I know I'm reaching a student when:

I see the ‘lightbulb go on.

A favorite project I've done with students:

We had a contest where students had to wite a poem, story or make a power point using SAT/ACT words.  It was creative at so many levals and we has some good laughs, too!

If I could take a trip anywhere with students, it would be to: 

Greece. Such an educational place. O yes, we are going in 2022!

I am currently reading:

Permission to Feel by Marc Bracket

The book I'm currently recommending these days:

Thousand Splended Suns by Khaled Hosseni

The best thing about rasing children on a boarding school campus is:

While I haven't raised my kids on the campus, they have always felt welcomed as if they had been!

List a few ingredients of the Marvelwood 'special sauce':

Love, understanding, and patience

This is what I would tell my first-year/ first-month-teaching self:

It is OK to try a lesson that bombs.  If they didn't understand it, just teach it in a different manner.

What I like about teaching at Marvelwood:

The students come first, and creativity is encouraged.

What I like about working at Marvelwood:

The faculty and staff are incredible people who care about and support each other.

What I appreciate about Marvelwood students:

They are caring individuals.

The funniest/ most interesting/ most memorable thing a student said:

One year, I had a small group of three students who would each come in to class say, "I am your favorite, right?" I would assure them that they were and then they would all tease each other that they were my favorite!

Three things I want my students to take away:

You are worthy, you are capable, and challange yourself to do things you hate to do.

When I'm not teaching, I like to:

Spend time with family and friends and be outside walking.

Answer your own question:

My favorite quote: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."  -Mother Teresa


Sandy is the Learning Support Department Chair. She helps out in the garden, drives for recreational skiing, and enjoys hosting students and faculty for Jewish holidays. Sandy and her husband, Gil, live on campus and have two adult children.