Professor England earned her A.A. from Fisher Junior College and her B.A. Psychology Degree and her M.A. in Industrial/Personnel Psychology from Bridgewater State University. She also holds certifications issued by the Massachusetts State Department of Education in Special Education, K-8, and Early Childhood Education, K-3, in addition to a Level One Certificate as a Wilson Language Trainer.
Sandra was selected as a 2011 Quinsigamond recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to teaching, leadership and learning, She attempts to stay abreast of current research and psychology trends with additional memberships in: The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA); Psi Beta, The National Honor Society in Psychology for Community and Junior Colleges; and is a Teacher Affiliate of Division Two of The American Psychological Association (APA). She also subscribes to multiple professional psychology journal publications.
Over her nearly two decades of service to Quinsigamond Community College, Sandra has taught a broad range of courses: PSY 101, Introduction to Psychology; PSY 117, Human Relations & the Family; PSY 118, Psychology of Interpersonal Relations; PSY 121, A Survey of Lifespan Development: Conception to Death; PSY 123, Human Development I; PSY 142, Human Sexuality; PSY 158, Human Relations in Organizations; and developed the course PSY 182, Psychology of Consumer Behavior. Many of these classes were a catalyst for Sandra’s curiosity. This eventually led to further exploration to obtain additional knowledge and eventually to the pursuit of further training at Bridgewater in both the Early Education and Special Education areas, hence the acquisition of the additional certifications to allow teaching experiences with an even broader spectrum of diversity and demographic factors.
Combined these experiences have evolved into Sandra’s teaching philosophy which: values diversity and equality for all, believes in the importance of multi-modal approaches, understands the necessity of being aware of and attempting to meet each individual’s learning style requirements, and respects the power of combining participatory approaches that engage students to interact with and about the subject matter with the more traditional teaching strategies.
On her desk is the statement “Teachers make every other profession.” Her belief is this mission is a huge responsibility and the statement holds much truth.