Sandra Mings Lamar graduated Cum Laude from Seattle University with a BA in English Literature. She received an MA in Educational Administration as a Peace Corps Fellow at San Francisco State University. She has proven to be a true renaissance educator with her varied professional experience,
After working as a personnel specialist for the City of Seattle, she joined the United States Peace Corps. She served as an English teacher for two years in Shoshong, Botswana. After completing her service she received a Peace Corps Fellows scholarship to complete her MA. While completing her degree she taught Literature and ESL at Abraham Lincoln High School (ALHS) in San Francisco where she was awarded Most Outstanding ESL Teacher by the San Francisco Unified School District's Bi-lingual office.
Next, she was hired as a founding teacher at the Department of Education's Demonstration Site for Best Practices in Secondary Education: New Technology High School (www.newtechhigh.org)
in Napa, CA. Launching creative interdisciplinary and humanities initiatives earned her a reputation as an engaging teacher dedicated to problem based learning and authentic assessment. With this reputation, she began consulting for the Buck Institute of Education (www.bie.org
) as a teacher trainer helping teachers revamp their curriculum to be more relevant, rigorous and problem based.
She became the program supervisor of Napa Valley Unified's Career and Technical Education program, designing job training programs for immigrant adults that allowed them to move from low wage positions to careers with a living wage. She worked with a variety of businesses to create these programs including Mondavi wines and Napa State Hospital. She left for a promotional position at Tamalpais Union High School District as the Assistant Director of High School, Alternative, GED, Career and Technical and English as a Second Language programs.
When her husband accepted a job in the Northeast Kingdom, she returned to the young adult classroom. After working as the Assistant Chair for ESL and Foreign Language at St. Johnsbury Academy, she accepted a promotional position at Lyndon Institute, where she teaches humanities and literature to Lyndon Institute's international community. She also serves as the Division Head for the International Students and World Languages Division.