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Dr. Sandi McCann

Dr. Sandi McCann

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"I always wanted to be THAT ONE TEACHER that students would always remember."

Degrees Held:
  • Ed.D. with a Specialization in Teacher Leadership – Walden University, 2008
  • Specialist in Education – Troy University, 1993
  • M.S. in Education – Troy University, 1991
  • B.S. in Middle School Education – Columbus State University, 1989
Career Highlights:

I am a CSU part-timer, but I have been with CSU for seven years now. In my 25th year of teaching, I still have my "day job." I teach sixth grade science and social studies at Creekside Intermediate School. My proudest accomplishment was my research study utilizing Family Message Journals when I taught third grade. It was a huge success and produced amazing results I didn't even expect.

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?

M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership.

Which classes do you teach online?

EDTL 6685; EDAT 6115; EDAT 6226; EDAT 6159.

Why did you start teaching?

My daddy was a teacher, then a principal, then assistant superintendent. My mama was a para-pro. I became a teacher partly because it was purely genetic and also because career planning in my small town was non-existent. I didn't really know what all was "out there." My friend wanted to be an engineer and I couldn't figure out why he wanted to be at the beginning of a train and wear that stupid hat. Truth be told, I would have been a teacher anyway. I always wanted to be THAT ONE TEACHER that students would always remember. Every now and then when I see students who have kids of their own, they tell me I was THAT one. Makes me emotional every time. When they were in my class, I felt like they were my kids. I loved them that way and they knew it. If I had to choose a close second for a career, it would be a private eye and I'd drive a red sports car and live in Hawaii. Yes, I was a Magnum P.I. fan.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Fake it 'til you make it (advice from a former superintendent during a Leadership Academy class).

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Keep things in perspective. Don't obsess and stress.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand.

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