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Chandler rose to the challenge to help ESL students "learn and succeed"

Sarah Chandler graduated from BYU in 1999, earning her bachelor's degree in elementary education. She grew up in Salt Lake City and despite growing up in Ute country, her eye was always set on BYU for college. She reflects on her time at BYU as a time of great educational and spiritual growth. She remembers her professors as wise and knowledgeable mentors who made a lasting impression on her. “I love the spirit I felt on campus and in the classroom,” she recalls. “My experiences at BYU gave me a good foundation to build the rest of my life upon.”

After marrying and graduating from BYU, Chandler moved to Nebraska and taught kindergarten in the Lincoln Public Schools. Her first teaching job was in Lincoln, where she taught at a title one school where much of the student population came from families struggling financially. Half of her classroom consisted of ESL students from countries such as Vietnam, Mexico, and even a few Kurdish families. At times she found the cultural and language barrier to be challenging but she felt that the McKay School had prepared her well for the challenge. She recalls, “I grew as a teacher and person as I found ways to help these ESL students learn and succeed.”

She is currently enjoying being a wife and a full-time mom and hopes to return to teaching some day. Although she is not currently working in the field, Chandler uses her elementary education degree in all aspects of her life, whether she is teaching a lesson at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or serving her community, or raising her family. She one day hopes to run a marathon, serve a mission with her husband, Jeff, and raise a happy and healthy family. Chandler currently resides in Salt Lake with her husband and her three children Andrew, Ethan, and Claire.

October 30, 2009