Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandy Bornstein.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Shortly after relocating to Colorado in 2000, I decided to attend graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. (In the 1970s, I had come to Boulder as a college freshman and then later relocated to Chicago where I married my husband and obtained my undergraduate degree and first graduate-level degree.) While I had been teaching in the private sector without teaching credentials, I felt that I could become a better educator if I learned more about theory and methods. After receiving my MA in Instruction and Curriculum with an emphasis on educating culturally and linguistically diverse students, I held teaching positions at a variety of institutions. When I was teaching an Intro to Education class at the Front Range Community College in Westminster, I was presented with a unique opportunity to teach 5th-grade students at a private boarding school in Bangalore, India, and to share my American teaching expertise with the Indian teaching staff. I was reluctant to leave the comforts of my home but was willing to take on an adventure that would ultimately take me way outside my comfort zone.