Sandy Wallace loves working with the neediest students. She believes that each student is unique and has abilities-qualities educators will find if they seek them out. She has a passion for discovering what makes each student “tick” and using what she learns to help each one succeed. In working with students whose disabilities range from severe to mild, Sandy finds that many of them have “connection disabilities”-a lack of connection with school staff. “Building relationships with these challenging students is what I love and do best,” she says.
In addition to her Master’s Degree from Marshall University, Sandy’s degrees and certifications include Elementary K-6, Special Education K-12, and Autism K-12; she also holds gifted and ESOL endorsements. She is a registered behavior technician (RBT) through the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board).
Currently, Sandy is a behavior specialist in an elementary school in St. John’s County, Florida. In addition, she contributes her knowledge, experience, and insights to other educators in professional development settings. Sandy’s presentations offer strategies for working with difficult students as well as with whole classrooms. Her ideas include effective ways to help students build the critical connections that move them forward on their unique journeys to success.