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Sandra McElroy

Sandra McElroy

Professor, Early Childhood:  Education, Health and Leadership
Haldan Hall 226


  • Ed.D., Education, Boston University, School of Education, 1986
  • M.Ed., Counseling, Antioch Graduate school, 1978
  • B.S., Health and Physical Education, East Stroudsburg State College, 1975

Professional Experience

  • 2006-present, Pine Manor College
     Director of Education Programs
     Associate Professor for Special Education course, Multicultural Issues in Education course, Curriculum in Science and Social Studies, The Teaching of Reading and Children’s Literature, Curriculum in Elementary School,  Liberal Studies Senior Seminar,  Curriculum Methods for  Grades 5-12,  The Teaching of Language Arts, The Teaching of  Math,  The Picture Book, Foundations of Education, Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods,  Practicum in Early  Education and Care, Freshman Seminar (First year Experience), Sophomore Colloquium.  Responsible for Student Teacher placements (pre-practicum) and Supervision,  Education Budget and the Hiring, Supervising and Evaluating  of Adjunct Professors teaching in Education Programs. MDESE contact person and Title II, Quantitative Committee, Portfolio Committee, Education Club sponsor, co-chair of Curriculum Committee. Faculty Representative to Trustee Committee on Student Life, Advancing Intellectual Community Committee.
  • 2002–2005, Mount Ida College
     Associate Professor
     Director of Education Programs (2002-2004)
     Associate Professor for Child Development, Professor for Early Literacy and the Teaching of Reading, The Teaching of Math and Science, Methods and Materials Class, Curriculum, Inclusion, Children’s Literature, Child Development, History of Education, Television Media and the Developing Child, Exceptional Child, Web CT course, Current Issues. Conducted Teacher Test Preparation Sessions for student teachers.  Responsible for the writing of and re-organization of education curriculum, and the creation of new classes in the education program. Wrote the Massachusetts Department of Education Program Approval Report, and created the school handbooks. Responsible for student teacher placements and the supervision of students in their practicum, MDOE contact, and Title II. Responsible for Hiring, Supervision and Evaluation of Education Faculty, Budget, Education Club Advisor, Curriculum Committee, Co- Chair (fall, 2003), Faculty Grants Committee, Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, First Year Seminar Committee, All College Curriculum, Academic Standards Committee.
  • 1998-2002, Lasell College
     Assistant Professor of Education
     Chair of Education Department (1999-2000)
     Assistant Professor for Curriculum (Pre K – 6), Child Development I and II, Mathematics for the Elementary Child, (Prek-6), Curriculum for Young Children, (PreK-2) Science, Health and Physical Education, (PreK-6), Social Studies and the Arts, Math and Science for Elementary, Foundations of Education, Literacy, Multiculturalism in Schools and Communities, First Year Seminar. Chair of Academic Standards Committee, Chair of Nominating Committee, Student Teacher Supervisor, Conduct Teacher Test Preparation Workshops. Professional Affairs Committee (1998-1999), Curriculum Committee, (1999-2000)  As Chair, responsible for the Hiring, Supervision, and Evaluation of Education Faculty, redesigned all education curriculum (DAYCARE ADMINISTRATION, EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY AND SPECIAL NEEDS), worked closely with the Department of Education and public schools throughout the Commonwealth, Student Teacher Placement Coordinator and Supervisor, responsible for creating and implementing department goals.
  • 1997-1998, Emmanuel College
     Assisant Professor of Education (one year position to fill in for faculty on sabbatical)
     Assistant Professor for Special Education Classes, Multi-cultural Education, and Curriculum Development (K-12) on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Student Teaching Supervisor, Education Club Advisor.
  • 1989-1997, Harvard University
     Graduate School of Education, University Supervisor
     Supervisor of students seeking teacher certification in Math and Science, (7-12) consulted on curriculum development and implementation, Facilitator of Middle-Grade Interns Support Group (1994-1995)
  • 1992-1994, Wheelock College
     Professional Studies Department, Assistant Professor/Adjunct
     Supervisor for Student Teachers, Instructor for Curriculum Development including numeracy and literacy. Instructor for student teaching seminar, planned, organized and implemented an Interdisciplinary Seminar with the Social Work Department, research associate for the Center on Families, Communities, Schools and Children’s Learning on a study entitled “How Families Support the School Success of Young Children,” Candidate for Cynthia Longfellow Teaching Award.
  • 1988-1992, Lesley College
     Adjunct Instructor
     Instructor and Field Supervisor for Clinical Field Experiences for Juniors in Education, Instructor for Educational Psychology and Measurement, responsible for the supervision and evaluation of early childhood and elementary student teachers.
  • 1980-1987, Dedham Country Day School
     Teacher/Director of Athletics
     Member of administrative staff, mentor teacher, reorganized, restructured and rewrote curriculum for physical education program, member of science and math committee which evaluated program, teacher of K-8 physical education classes, coach (field hockey, lacrosse), supervised athletic staff, school’s representative for the Council of Women in Independent Schools
  • 1977-1978, Philadelphia Public Schools
     Teacher at the Levering and Shawmont Schools
     Taught learning disabled and emotionally disturbed elementary school children in physical education.
  • 1975-1977, The Stevens School
     Teacher/Director of Athletics/College Guidance
     Teacher of Health, Science (grades 5 and 10), Adapted Physical Education Grades 1-3, regular physical education 4-12

Professional Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Massachusetts Association of Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Clapboardtree Nursery School, Co-chair, Board of Directors, 1987-1991
  • South Norfolk Human Services Area Board: 1982-1984; President 1983-1984


  • 2007-present, Brookline High School
     Career and Technology/ Teacher for Early Childhood Development Class, Designed new courses for the Early Childhood high school curriculum, and Medical Careers Course
  • 2005-2006, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
     Professor for Children’s Literature Course, Introduction to Early Childhood and Student Teaching Supervision, Developed and Implemented Curriculum
  • Summer 1997, Partnerships Addressing Leadership in Math and Science (PALMS)
     Watershed Summer Institute, Educational Consultant
  • Fall 1995, Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL), Curry College


  • Fernie, Fowler, McElroy, Nelson, and Walt. “Massachusetts Early Childhood Education: Key Issues at a Critical Moment: A Position Statement of the Massachusetts Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.” May, 2009
  • McElroy. (2003). “The Blind Lead the Sighted.” Inside Mount Ida, V. 3 no.2, 12-15
  • New Teacher Survival Guide K-5 (contributed to book) by Sharon Hoyt and Deborah  Levine, Needham MA: Emelior Corporation. 2000
  • “Destination Normalcy: A Guideline for Assessment and Evaluation”, co-author in Programming Trends in Therapeutic Recreation, June 1981, Volume 2, No. 3

Presentations and Other

  • Department of Education, Advisory Committee, General Curriculum
     Content: Qualifying Score, Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, March, 2009
  • National Institute for Literacy, Early Childhood Higher Education, Selected Focus Group, April 23, 2009
     McElroy, S (presenter) “Backing Up in Order to Move Forward”.
  • New England Faculty Consortium, Fall Conference, November, 2008.
     McElroy S.(presenter) “Professional Development and Education Courses: Equipping students for careers in the classroom, management, marketing,  technology or whatever…”
  • National Conference, Nichols College Institute, August 5, 2008, Four Critical Years: Proactive Solutions for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • McElroy, S. Conducted Program Review of Bunker Hill Community College’s Early Education Associates Degree Programs, Summer of 2008.
  • Department of Education Task Force “Streamlining Program Approval Process.  February-March 2007 
  • McElroy, S. (presenter)  “Parent 2 Parent- Too Much Homework”.  CBS Broadcast Inc.  October  23rd, 2006.
  • Department of Education Program Approval Team for Stone Hill College, 2003
  • McElroy, S.  (presenter)  Annual Literacy Conference, “Strategies for Decoding” Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts, April 2003 and 2004.
  • McElroy, S.  (presenter ) TEACH BOSTON, “Exploring Children’s Literature” West Roxbury High School, 2004
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005
  • Advisory Board of Westwood Math Curriculum (2001-2004)
  • Licensed School Principal/Assistant (Pre K-6, MA #260575)
  • Licensed School Principal/Assistant (5-9, MA #260575)
  • Licensed in Guidance (K-12, MA # 260575)
  • Licensed in Health and Physical Education (K-12 – MA #0260575)
  • Early Childhood With and Without Disabilities (MA # 0260575)
  • Certified in Evaluation Research
  • Presenter at Head Start – Mattapan (fall, 1998)
  • Habitat for Humanity