Mrs. Rogers has been an educator for 20 years. She is certified in Elementary, Spanish/English bilingual education (BLCAD), & ES0L K-12. Additionally, she teaches ESL, Spanish, and developmental reading at the college level. Sandra also has experience managing educational products for an ESL and Spanish language textbook publisher. Currently, she is working on a doctorate in instructional design and works at the Innovation and Learning Center at the University of South Alabama. This graduate assistantship allows her the opportunity to design, develop, and deliver professional development to faculty and support student learning.
Mrs. Rogers uses positive reinforcement to enhance learning. For instance, she coined a term called, "smart mistakes". These type of errors are often based on preconceived rules, such as regular verb formation applied incorrectly to irregular verbs or the application of false cognates to a second language. Sandra strives to recognize the source of the student's mistake, and then guide them (scaffolding) to the correct response. In her opinion, students respond favorably to positive remarks, especially with error correction.
* US Peace Corps Education Volunteer, Honduras, 1985-1987 * US English Teaching Fellow to Mozambique, Africa, 1992-1993 *UCLA Demonstration Pre-K Dual Language Instructor, 1997-1999 *LAUSD Literacy Coach, 2002-2003 *TESOL Travel Grant and Professional Development Award, 2011 * Graduate Assistant with the University of South Alabama Innovation & Learning Center, 2012-2013 *Virtual Student Foreign Service Internship, US Office of Interest, Havana, Cuba, 2012-2013
Mrs. Rogers has a Master of Arts in TESOL, as well as a TESOL certificate in the Principles and Practices of Online Teaching. She holds a PK-12 bilingual (Spanish) teaching certificate and elementary teaching credential from the California Commission on Teaching. Her areas of expertise are in bilingual education, culture, language acquisition and development (BCLAD), instructional design, quality assurance, and technology. Additionally, Mrs. Rogers holds PK-5 teaching certification in Alabama.
Sandra is an active member in the Computer-assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS) of TESOL. She volunteers for TESOL to provide free professional development for ESL/EFL teachers with the Electronic Village Online (EVO). She has a great personal learning network that you can learn from on her Twitter-based e-newspaper, The Online Educator: http://paper.li/teacherrogers/1301595898#. She's on Pinterest, too. Visit her page on Facebook for an educational conversation: https://www.facebook.com/Teacherrogers