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“They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.”- Carl W. Buehner

Sandra Padilla is one of Sycamore Valley Academy’s 1st and 2nd grade teachers, sharing the classroom with Cristina Johnson. She is passionate about SVA’s mission and believes great educators address the whole child in respectful, meaningful ways. She is also excited to help students construct their own knowledge of the world through authentic experiences and rich curriculum. Sandra has a particular interest in teaching mathematics to children in a way that is meaningful and exciting. Interested in creating experiences that will help students learn to apply math rather than passing down abstract information, Sandra hopes to instill the love of mathematics in her students the way others have done for her. Sandra also hopes, in every subject, to challenge students’ thinking and provide each individual child with a valuable education. 


When Sandra is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, whether it is a quiet afternoon at home or a fun-filled day at Disneyland. She can often be found in the kitchen trying out new baking recipes that she loves to share with family and friends. 

"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
 - Mother Teresa, (adapted from original quote by Kent M. Keith)
Check Out These Fun Facts!
Job at SVA: Teacher 1+2
Favorite Word: Onomatopoeia
Favorite Color: 
Favorite Beverage: Coffee

Favorite Snack: Fruit
Favorite Local Restaurant: Pita Kabob
Role Model: Mrs. Rook 
Wanderlust Destination: Bora Bora
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