Barbara Sandler comes to us as the outgoing Vice-Principal of Humewood Community School. She holds a Masters of Educational Administration, and has served as an adjunct professor at York University. In her years in education and administration, she has developed a vast amount of expertise and knowledge in many areas that will directly benefit the students of Northlea EMS. At Humewood, she was instrumental in fostering STEM-based teaching and supporting the growth of French Immersion. She was also active in developing well-being initiatives on mental health awareness, self-confidence, and building healthy relationships. Ms. Sandler started her career as a teacher at Nelson Mandela Park PS and Parkdale PS, where she was a popular and well-regarded educator. Adding to her breadth of experience, she has also been a Middle Years Literacy coordinator, an ESL and Special Education teacher, and an elementary guidance counsellor at several schools.
Ms. Sandler believes in promoting the arts and eco-literacy education. This is displayed by her initiation of the Nurture through Nature initiative and her involvement in the Artist in Residence and Grade 8 Arts Legacy project at Humewood. She partnered with both Staff and Parents on these arts programs, creating a lasting impact on the many students who participated in these important initiatives.
Ms. Sandler wishes to honor and continue traditions already in place here at Northlea and believes that “being in education is very rewarding and it is a privilege to be a trusted member of the community”.
For over 20 years, I’ve spent most of my teaching career in Scarborough, teaching French Immersion in the Primary and Junior grades. Quand j’ai enseigné les sciences à l’école Brimwood Blvd, j’ai fait sortir les élevés pendant mes classes de sciences. J’ai toujours aimé l’éducation en plein air.
After one year teaching outdoor education at TDSB’s Scarborough Outdoor Education School in Kearney, Ontario, I left Immersion to teach at Hillside Outdoor Education School in the Rouge Park.
As Site Supervisor/Assistant Coordinator at Hillside and later, the Toronto Urban Studies Centre, I collaborated with classroom teachers to promote responsibility for cultural diversity, biodiversity, habitats, and engagement in outdoor activities to benefit the physical, mental and social health of students. I believe all students are capable learners and can achieve success at school and have promoted evidence supported teaching practices that are guided by brain-based research.
Although I have educated teachers and parents that ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’, a term coined by Richard Louv, can be prevented by spending more time outdoors, as a parent of a 16-year-old son, I understand how difficult it can be to balance outdoor time with electronics. Limiting screen time is effective, along with participation in outdoor sports and spending time with family in nature. My vitamin N, (nature), is acquired through cycling, kayaking, skiing, and gardening.
This is my first position as Vice-Principal. I am eager to participate in growth and learning opportunities; to analyze educational data on student performance for the purpose of identifying trends, strengths and weaknesses to ensure the implementation of Northlea’s School Improvement Plan.
I am honoured to have the opportunity to work with the great staff at Northlea and I look forward to meeting the students and their families in this wonderful community.