Sandy has a fairly diverse background including 20 years in the business environment in retail management and financial services. She moved into education in 2000. Although she has instructed in various areas of both business and the social and behavioral sciences, she currently instructs a psychology survey course lecture at Gateway Community College, a sociology survey course online at Housatonic Community College, and a marriage and family course onlne at Central Texas College.
For undergraduate work, she holds an AS and BS in business, an AS in drug and alcohol counseling, and a BA in social & behavioral sciences. For graduate work, she holds an MS in political science, a SYC in educational foundations, and an MA in psychology. Sandy adheres to a multidisciplinary approach to the study of society and human behavior, and holds to the importance of knowing the philosophical roots of today’s thinking. Through formal study in various disciplines as well as diversity in college choices, mixing public secular and faith based schools, she has tried to grasp an understanding of the human condition. Although what she sees is often not nice, her outlook on life and the world is always optimistic and faith filled.
Sandy has special interrests in the area of the psychology of spirituality in the individual and religion in society. She has completed three internships through the years; one at the CT Court State Attorney's Office in New Haven working with domestic violence, another at Saint Francis Home for Children in New Haven working with at-risk adolescents, and her third was at the Michael Perlin Center at The Connection in a pre-trial alcohol and drug education program in Connecticut. She is certified as a Consulting Hynotist by the National Guild of Hypnotists and is pursuing licensing in mental health counseling in CT.
Sandy was raised in East Haven CT where she currently resides with her husband and son near the south-central shoreline of CT. She is active in the local Catholic Church and community. She is trained as a catecist, lector, youth minister, and Catholic Religious Emblem Coordinator for the Boy Scouts of America. She has been a commisioner on the East Haven Counseling and Community Services Committee since 2012.
On a personal note, Sandy has a son born in June of 2004. Adam was her midlife crisis, adopted at birth from Guatemala, and arrived home at seven months old. Dealing with the psychological and sociological ramifications of bringing a Mayan baby boy to America to raise as her own, who is unrelated biologically, is her ongoing and most important project that she will ever know. Adam is currently attending the East Haven Academy. She also has two grown step-children, Robert Enders lives in Fort Wayne IN, and Rebecca Enders Jones resides with her husband in Indianapolis IN.