Memorial Drive Elementary 2014 Teacher of the Year - Sandra Gonzales

Sandra Gonzales
Memorial Drive Elementary
Pre-kindergarten, All Subjects

Teaching certification, Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa)
Bachelors of Science, Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa), 1998

Teaching History
Memorial Drive Elementary, Spring Branch ISD, 1998-Present
Hearne Elementary, Chambers Elementary, Best Elementary, Sneed Elementary, Mahaney Elementary, and Liestman Elementary, Alief ISD, Houston, Texas,1988-1998.

26 years total of teaching experience

In her own words…

“The most rewarding part of teaching Pre-Kindergarten is to see their growth as a student and a friend. They come to me as tiny little four year olds and leave my classroom with confidence and pride…As I send them on to Kindergarten I know I have done my best in giving them a solid foundation for their upcoming school success.”

In the words of others . . .

“Sandy . . . belongs in the classroom. She cares about each and every child. . . . She not only teaches them the curriculum; she teaches them how to be good people and citizens.  She invests her time, energy and love into each and every moment with them.”
 Jo Anna Finkelstein, Spring Branch ISD Literacy Coach

“Sandra is sensitive to the needs of all students. She had a wide range of abilities in her classroom, from gifted to children with disabilities. She would find their individual strengths and gifts and build on these. She was also sensitive to the needs of parents, and communicated effectively with them.”
Anick Watson, Memorial Drive Elementary retired principal

Selected Honors, Awards & Activities:
TELPAS Supplemental Provider Kindergarten-1st Grade, Memorial Drive Elementary 
Campus Improvement Team (CIT) Chair, 2011-Present


Spring Branch ISD