Jacqueline's Open Road

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    TEACH Roadtrip

JACQUELINE SANDERLIN

School Principal
Foster Elementary School

“Raise the bar, don't lower it. Support, don't pity. Build, don't tear down. And give life, because we have the power to do that.”

INTERESTS:

Art Education

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Education Fulfillment Hard Work Community Goals Values Culture Struggle Experience Passion Inspiration Choices Simplicity Opportunity Character Self-Reflection Individualism Support & Encouragement Fear Pressure Planning

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Her father was a teacher, and she used to go to class with him and work as his "secretary for the day"; was always intrigued by her dad's job.
  • After college, she took a job as a special education teacher in the Compton School District.
  • Says that her first job helped her understand that teaching is a "broad" field-it has to work for students of all races, cultures and abilities.
  • Growing up, she'd had a comfortable childhood; now she was working with students from foster homes, students in poverty, etc.
  • Says people told her the first rule of being a new principal was "never have a vision"-she decided to break that first rule.
  • As principal of Foster Elementary School, her vision is, "Why not? Why shouldn't these students have the same opportunities as an affluent area?"
  • Knew it wasn't enough for her to have a vision on her own, so she started going door-to-door in the neighborhood, talking to the community.
  • Looked to the "Foster Elementary" name for inspiration and found out Stephen C. Foster was a composer; focused on building up the school's arts programs.

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