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Meet our new secondary Spanish teacher, Sandra Sheeley!

Sandra Sheeley sitting on a bench with her legs crossed smiling at the cameraMeet our new secondary Spanish teacher, Mrs. Sheeley! Mrs. Sheeley has been teaching Spanish to secondary students at Heatly since November 2021. Her journey to becoming a teacher began in 1993, when she graduated with her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In 2016, Mrs. Sheeley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Education (grades 5-12) at SUNY Brockport. She then continued her education at SUNY Brockport, graduating in 2022 with her master’s degree in teaching (grades K-12). 

Prior to her arrival at Heatly, Mrs. Sheeley taught Spanish to grades 7-10 for three years in the Arkport Central School District, which is in the Rochester area. She then moved to Albany in 2019 and taught Spanish to students in various grade levels at Cohoes Middle School and High School, before transferring to Green Island in November 2021. 

There are many aspects of teaching Mrs. Sheeley loves, however what she enjoys the most is being able to see the joy on her students’ faces when they first communicate in Spanish. “I truly enjoy seeing my students’ faces when they are able to communicate in Spanish for the first time. Their proud smiley faces bring me joy,” said Mrs. Sheeley. 

Over the years, Mrs. Sheeley has been given teaching advice from many, however the best advice she’s received is that “We cannot change yesterday. Each new day gives us the opportunity to start fresh and focus on what we can do today.”

When she’s not teaching at Heatly, Mrs. Sheeley can be found exploring her love of Earth Science. A fun fact about Mrs. Sheeley is she’s an environmentalist and loves to play ping-pong.