I’m Ms. Sandee. This is my 18th year teaching Special Education. I have taught just about every subject related to grades 6-9, running the gamut in Special Education. I’ve been a 504 Paraeducator, a Special Education Resource Teacher, an Academic and Behavioral Support Unit Teacher, a High Functioning Autism Support Unit Teacher, and a Severe Unit Teacher. This area is dear to my heart and I understand the unique challenges these remarkable students face on a personal level.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but eventually moved with my parents to the Salt Lake Valley. My college education began at California State University Sacramento but finished my bachelor’s in Art 2-Dimensional Design with an English minor at Weber State University. I wanted to be an art teacher. You may be asking yourself, “How did she end up in Special Education with an art degree?”
My Mom was an amazing woman who fought for her special needs children and while doing so became a paraeducator for over 20 years. After graduating from college, my Mom encouraged me to begin substitute teaching primarily in the area of Special Education. I fell in love with this area of education. I became a 504 Paraeducator to help support a visually impaired student. After this experience, I happened to be in the right place at the right time. A school I was subbing at had a teacher walk out in mid-September. I was willing to step into the classroom and take over. From here I began the Alternative Route to Licensure through Utah State University. In this program, I attended school full time and taught full time in order to get my Special Education License. I’m definitely a life long learner. Since that time, I have earned endorsements in multiple areas.
My husband and I live not far from MWMA in Herriman. We have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law. We also have three fuzzy fur babies (toy poodles). I spoil them rotten. Thanks to previous students, I have a considerable collection of rubber ducks. I have a great love for The Peanuts Gang (Charlie Brown and Snoopy). Don’t get them confused with the edible peanuts, I’m allergic to those!