Sandy Hodge is currently the Educational Director of Hancock Street Preschool and the Teacher for both the Blue Class (four-year-olds) and the Red Class (three-year-olds). Sandy began teaching the Blue Class in 2003. In 2012, Carol Hazzard, HSP’s founder and Red Class Teacher, retired. At that time, Sandy became the Educational Director of HSP and the Teacher for both classes. Sandy is thrilled that HSP will be returning to a co-teaching model, starting in the Fall of 2017. Becky Brink will be joining HSP as the Teacher for the Red Class. Sandy will be continuing as the Educational Director of HSP and the Blue Class Teacher.
Sandy Hodge is a credentialed teacher who has worked for 25 years in early childhood education. Teacher Sandy received her BA from the University of Virginia and her Teaching Certification from San Francisco State University. In 2011, she completed the coursework to become a Positive Discipline Parenting Educator. She embraces her role as a curious life-long learner and continues to take classes through PCPO (Parent Child Preschools Organization) and OAEYC (Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children). Sandy also states that she learns daily from the children and parents that she partners with in the classroom.
Sandy Hodge's classroom experience includes preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. She has worked in a variety of settings including a Head Start classroom, a program for children with special needs, and classrooms in both public and private schools. Sandy's appreciation for the value of co-ops began as a parent when her two daughters attended a local co-op preschool. She loves the sense of community that is fostered for both children and adults in the co-op setting, and she feels fortunate to spend her days with children who allow her to be part of their natural enthusiasm for wondering, exploring, and creating.
Teacher Sandy lives in SE Portland with her husband. She has two adult children who attend Portland State University and the University of Oregon. The Hodge family enjoys gardening, reading, board games, biking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Hancock Street Preschool HAS A NEW RED CLASS TEACHER
Becky Brink is thrilled to join the Hancock Street Preschool community as the Red Class Teacher beginning Fall 2017!
Becky is a native Portlander and has been teaching Early Childhood Education in the region for over 17 years. She gained extensive experience teaching in Preschool, Pre-K, and Private Kindergarten classrooms, until she became enchanted with a play-based, parent co-op teaching model fourteen years ago and realized she'd found her true calling. Two of her own children attended a local child-directed co-op program, and she can't think of a better way to introduce young children to a love of learning!
Believing the best way to teach an appreciation for lifelong education is to model it, Becky has wholeheartedly continued honing her formal education throughout her career, seeking out intensive trainings through OAEYC and other private training programs, (including specialized programs to adapt school settings for inclusion of children with special needs, and trainings which enthusiastically promote early literacy in the classroom and home environments.) Becky's favorite part of every school day is leading the classroom Circle Time, reading myriads of books aloud to the students and encouraging their own beautiful imaginations to take root.
Becky lives in SE Portland with her husband and four daughters. She is a devoted foster/adoptive parent and civilian advocate for vulnerable children in the foster care system, and also volunteers as a youth/teen mentor for her local church. Becky can usually be found behind a camera lens, taking endless photos to document warm memories with family, creating messy art projects with her daughters, being an unabashed garden geek with her husband, or crafting intricate gifts for loved ones with yarn and a pair of knitting needles.