Last Position: Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Wesleyan University
Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan University
Sandy, now a director of school operations at AF Hartford Academy Middle, came to Achievement First as an operations associate at AF Amistad High. At each AF Amistad High School graduation, parents approached and thanked Sandy for everything she’s done for their children, even though she’s never once taught a class. Her work as an operations associate—which included interpreting internal data, meeting with school leadership about school-wide systems, and managing student credits to track progress on the path to graduation—contributed enormously to student success. Sandy loved that her role allows her deep investment in systems and logistics while also providing an environment full of diverse challenges.
Before joining Achievement First, Sandy worked on project management, event planning and fundraising as Wesleyan University’s assistant director of alumni relations. Her passion for working in education was sparked when she was selected for Prep for Prep, a program that places New York City’s most promising students of color in private boarding schools throughout the Northeast.
Favorite aspect of role: “I love that I am always exposed to new things. My role allows me to manage logistics as well as to spend time with students and families.”
Proudest moment at Achievement First: “I am proud to run Senior Signing Day every year. It is such a happy moment when students announce their college choices; everyone has such a great time and they leave with lifelong memories.”