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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 I retired on 5-20-16 as Professor Emeritus. I was the former coordinator of the School Psychology. Before coming to PSU, I was a professor of education at Rivier College (now University), a small Catholic liberal institution in Nashua, NH, where I taught 12 years full-time and 13 years part-time. Prior to coming to Rivier, I was a school psychologist for the Lowell, Mass school district where I served for ten years. From1984 to 2012, I have been a consulting school psychologist for the Inter-lakes School District covering the towns of Meredith, Sandwich and Ashland, NH, and now serve the same capacity at the Westmoreland School in SAU 29. 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 a behavior consultant at the Keene, NH YMCA Child Development Center. I am a member of RISE, a group that is working to integrate peace and social justice studies into high school courses. I received the 2011 Distinguished Graduate Teacher of the Year Award in 2011, the NH Peace Education Award 2013, and the 2015 NH Edie Award for Lifetime Service in School Psychology. I was also nominated for the 2017 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize.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 pharmacy manager. 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 Sato Canadian Duck Toller 3-legged dog named Jackie, and a Sato named Lily, both 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, doing Zumba and step aerobics, driving my tractor, target practicing, driving my  2004 Toyota Camry Solara convertible with my wife and two dogs, Lily and Jackie, traveling, dining out, playing Yahtzee, debating with conservatives and watching good movies. 


2017   Presented Courageous Communication at a Teach-In at Keene State College

2015   Presented Social Justice and the Helping Professions at a Symposium at Keene State College

2015 Attended the 2015 Strengthening Families Summit on the Science of Relationships: The Prevention Connection, and presented on Strengthening Families Through Parent Involvement and Education in Concord, NH

2014  Attended the Twenty-First Annual Conference on Learning and presented    on Democratizing Education: Moving from Discomfort to Action

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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Teaching Award


NH Peace Action Culture of Peace Award


NH Edie Award 1016


NHASP LIfetime Achievement Award in School Psychology 2016


Education History

Human Development and Education (Doctor of Education) at Boston University
February 1979 - May 1983

Counselor Education and School Psychology (Master of Education) at Boston University
September 1970 - May 1971

Psychology (Bachelor of Arts) at U of Mass at Boston
September 1966 - May 1970



Employment History

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.

Consulting School Psychologist SAU 29 Westmoreland School
2013 - Present

I teach Psychology of Learning and Building a Peaceful and Just Society

Volunteer Parent Educator YMCA
2013 - Present

I provide parenting education seminars to inmates at Berlin, Concord and Goffstown through the Family Connection Center

I do psychological evaluations of children and consult with parents, teachers and other school personnel.

I write a biweekly column with topics that range from education to politics to peace and justice issues.

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



Developing an Ethic of Care

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.

Promoting Parent Involvement in Assessment
Winter 2009

Personalizing the Writing Experience: The Interview and the Service Learning Project

2016 A need for civics education. NHASP Protocol, Volume 34. Issue II
2015 Authoritarian Parenting: A Recipe for Violence, NHASP Protocol, Volume 33, Issue II, Summer 2015
2016 Opiod deaths: Another perspective. NHASO Protocol, Volume 34, Issue II
2016 PeaceTalk: A compendium of Hope ( a book in process)
2015 Practicum and Intern Supervision: There Is A Lot In It For You. NHASP Protocol, Volume 33, Issue II, Summer 2015
2016 PeaceTalk: A compendium of Hope ( a book in process)

Reprinted from The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities. Volume 21, Issue 1, December 2014




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21 March 2011, 11:11 PM



Leo R. Sandy
22 March 2011, 3:32 PM

Thanks Mary.

27 November 2013, 9:46 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