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by Leo R. Sandy

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Greetings. My name is Leo Sandy. Renowned Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, once wrote,"The teacher presents the material to the students for their considerations, and reconsiders her earlier considerations as the students express their own." It is in this spirit that I approach the courses I teach.
I have been at PSU since 1996 and am currently semi-retired. I was the former coordinator of the School Psychology. I am currently the co-coordinator of Parent Involvement and Education Certification program. Before coming to PSU, I was a professor of education at Rivier College, a small Catholic liberal college in Nashua, NH, where I taught 12 years full-time and 13 years part-time. Prior to coming to Rivier College, I was a school psychologist for the Lowell, Mass school district where I served for ten years. Since 1984, I have been a consulting school psychologist for the Inter-lakes School District covering the towns of Meredith, Sandwich and Ashland, NH. I also used to write a bimonthly column for the Laconia NH Daily Sun. Currently,  I'm a volunteer parent educator for the NH Department of Corrections and for the Keene, NH YMCA. My main interest is in the role of pedagogy to promote the highest level of human potential which, in turn, will advance the cause of a peaceful and just world. Peace and justice, as well as human and animal rights themes, run through my courses, writing and my life.
I received my B.A. in psychology at U of Mass at Boston in 1970, my masters of counselor education and school psychology in 1971 at Boston University, and my doctorate in human development and education in 1983,also from Boston University. I served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965 on the U.S.S. Enterprise CVA(N) 65 and the U.S.S.Wasp CVS-15. On the Enterprise I participated in the Cuban Missile blockade. I have been married to the same person since 1965. We have two adult children - a daughter born in 1968 and a son born in 1971. Our daughter has a Ph.D. and is an English professor, and our son has a Pharm D. and is a pharmacist. Our granddaughter, Betty Rose. was born on 1-5-10, and she is my daughter's daughter. We also have a cat named Millie, a mixed breed dog named Jack, who was rescued from Anguilla, and a Sato named Lily, rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico.
I enjoy visiting with my granddaughter and children, watching British classics like Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice and Charles Dickens' Little Dorritt, snowshoeing, sailing, walking my dogs, driving my antique 1983 Mercedes Benz 380 SL, traveling abroad, dining out, playing Yahtzee, debating with conservatives and watching good movies.

2013   Attended the National Alliance on Mental Health Annual Conference on             Mental Health and Schools and presented on Parental Awareness Levels:          Implications for Intervention

2013    Attended the Fifth Annual Culture of Peace Conference at Rivier University       and presented on “Arms for the Poor: International Transfer of Arms”

2013    Attended the Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the American Association of              Behavioral and Social Sciences at Las Vegas, Nevada, and presented on JROTC, Youth Socialization and The Culture of Peace

2012    Attended the Fourth Annual Culture of Peace Conference at Keene State College on Advancing Understanding, Tolerance and Solidarity and presented a workshop on  My Journey Toward Tolerance and Solidarity, as well as a workshop on     “Testimonies from Anonymous Exit Interviews of the Pakistani Leadership Institute Participants"  as part of a panel presentation on Facilitating Cross Cultural Encounters.     

2009    Co-Presented on Educating for Global Citizenship at the Ninth Annual Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations in Riga, Latvia

2007    Presented on Developing Family-School-Community Partnerships at the 4th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support in Boston, MA

2006    Co-presented Promoting a Culture of Peace in Higher Education at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference on “Who Speaks for the Common Good?” at Manhattan College in New York City

2004  Co-presented Beyond Patriotism in the New Millennium: Creating a New Vision or Education at the 11th International Annual Literacy & Education Research Network Conference on Learning at the Cojimar Pedagogical Convention Center in Havana, Cuba 

2003  Co-presented Beyond Patriotism in the New Millennium: Creating a New Vision for Education at the 10th Annual Literacy & Education Conference on Learning at the Institute of Learning of the University of London

2002  Co-presented Beyond Patriotism in the New Millennium: Creating a New Vision of Education at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association of General and Liberal Studies in Louisville, Kentucky

2002   Co-presented Promoting Peaceful Classrooms and Schools at The Fourth    Annual Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

 2001   Co-presented Engaging Students in Communities: Models of Service Learning at    The 41st Annual Conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania the theme of which was The Changing Face of Liberal Education for a Democratic Society

2001   Co-presented Staying Focused: Improving College Teaching Through Reflective      Practice at the International Alliance of Teacher Scholars,  Inc. 7th Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching - New England in Boston

2000   Presented The Permeable Classroom at the International Alliance of Teacher Scholars, Inc. 6th Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching - New England in Boston

2000   Co-presented a workshop on Techniques of Promoting Peace Through Children at the National Association of Social Workers Sixth NASW Social Work Symposium in Boston.

2000   Co-presented a paper on Faculty Perceptions Regarding Faculty Development in Pedagogy at The Third Annual Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) in Las Vegas,Nevada. 

1999   Presented The Permeable Classroom at the International Alliance of Teacher Scholars, Inc. 5th Annual Lilly Conference on College and        University Teaching - New England in Boston

1999   Presented a performance/dialogue on The Application of Theater of the Oppressed to Teacher Training in Parent-Teacher Conferencing at the Fifth Annual International Conference of Popular Education and Social Change in New York City.

1999   Served on a panel discussion on Personal Disarmament at the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference in the Netherlands

1999   Co-presented a workshop on   Promoting Peace Through Our Children at the International School Social Work Conference in Chicago

1997   Co-presented a dialogue session on Freire Across the Curriculum with Ira Shor and Susanne Bounds at the Working Class Conference at Youngstown University    in Ohio.

1997   Co-facilitated a dialogue session on Freire Across the Curriculum with Patti Swartz  and Susanne Bounds of Morehouse College at the Pedagogy of the Oppressed Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

1996    Presented a workshop on Service Learning: The Quiet Revolution at the Pedagogy of the Oppressed Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Start date End date Qualification
February 1979 May 1983 Human Development and Education (Doctor of Education) at Boston University
September 1970 May 1971 Counselor Education and School Psychology (Master of Education) at Boston University
September 1966 May 1970 Psychology (Bachelor of Arts) at U of Mass at Boston


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Start date End date Position
2003 Coordinator of School Psychology Program, Plymouth State University 2002- Professor of Education, Plymouth State University 1996-02 Associate Professor of Education & Coordinator, Human Relations Option, Plymouth State College 1997-98 Co-Director of Graduate Studies in Education, Plymouth State College 1995-96 Lecturer in Education, Plymouth State College 1986- Consulting School Psychologist, Inter-lakes Elementary School, Meredith, NH 1984-96 Professor of Education (and Chair to 1993), Rivier College, Nashua, NH 1987-93 Consultant, Clearway Alternative High School, Nashua, NH 1986-89 Consultant, Lakes Region Family Service, Laconia, NH 1983-84 School Psychologist, Londonderry and Hudson, NH Public Schools 1974-83 School Psychologist, Lowell, MA Public Schools 1975-83 Consulting School Psychologist, Larry L. Larsen, Ph.D. and Associates 1972-74 Coordinator of Guidance Services, Bedford and Merrimack, NH Public Schools 1971-72 Special Education Teacher, E.L. Herrman School [Emotionally Disturbed Children], Lowell, MA 1969-70 Child Care Worker, St. Anne’s Home [Emotionally Disturbed Children], Methuen, MA 1961-65 ABH-3 (E-4), United States Navy, USS Enterprise CVA (N) -65 and USS Wasp CVS-18
September 1996 present Professor of Counselor Education and School Psychology: Plymouth State University
I teach several graduate courses including Advanced Human Development, Foundations in School Psychology, Foundations and Multicultural Aspects of Parenting, Assessment and Consultation, Critical Issues in Counseling, and Social/Emotional/Behavioral Assessmentcoordinate. I also teach two undergraduate classes - Building a Civil Society and Philosphical Aspects of War and Peace. I coordinate the School Psychology Program and the Parenting Education Certificate Program.
1984 present Consulting School Psychologist: Inter-Lakes School District
I do psychological evaluations of children and consult with parents, teachers and other school personnel.
September 2005 present columnist: Laconia Daily Sun
I write a biweekly column with topics that range from education to politics to peace and justice issues.
September 2005 present Volunteer Parent Educator: NH Department of Corrections
I provide parenting education seminars to inmates at Berlin, Concord and Goffstown through the Family Connection Center
Date Title
2014 Conscience, Ethics, & Law
2013 Helping Children with Incarcerated Parents
2013 A Tribute to Counselors
Spring/Summer 2009 Curricular Innovations
Summer 2009 Teen Suicide
2009 Developing an Ethic of Care
2009 Educating for Global Citizenship in the New Millennium
This paper examines the role of higher education in developing global citizens. By internationalizing the curriculum and the campus culture, institutions of higher education are uniquely positioned to positively affect the world. Increasing knowledge and understanding of differences enables people to work more effectively together to solve the world’s pressing problems. To promote a global perspective and to ultimately become a transformative experience for students, both curriculum content and pedagogy need to be examined and revised. Other ways that help build global awareness include service learning, study abroad programs, faculty and student exchanges, advocacy actions, the display of global symbols and diversity awareness initiatives. Global citizenship advances human potential and prosperity through the creation of peace and social justice worldwide.
Winter 2009 Promoting Parent Involvement in Assessment
July 2007 The Role of Higher Education in Promoting a Culture of Peace
April 2007 Education in Finland
2004 Beyond Patriotism in the New Millennium: Creating a New Vision for Education
2004 One World, One People
2002 The Nature of Peace and its Implications for Education
2001 Understanding and Responding to Bullies
2001 The Effective Teacher
Spring 2000 Faculty development Regarding Pedagogy: A Study of Faculty Perceptions on NH Colleges and Universities
May 1999 Creating a Culture of Peace
1998 The Permeable Classroom
Summer 1997 JROTC: The Antithesis of Education
1996 Personalizing the Writing Experience: The Interview and the Service Learning Project
1997 Good Schools


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21 March 2011, 11:11 PM

Thanks Mary.

22 March 2011, 3:32 PM
Wow and wow again! I knew you had an impressive history...but this is extraordinary.!  Now what on earth are you going to do to top this!? Oh I know have nine on earth did you make the time?  Many congratulations to both you and Pearl friend
27 November 2013, 9:46 PM