Andrea Sanders joined the Admissions team in May, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. Andrea spent several years abroad in Amsterdam, returning to the US in the summer of 2017. Since joining Shipley, Andrea has thoroughly ingrained herself into the community and has become a warm and welcoming presence on campus.
Q: What makes you proud to be at Shipley?
I truly admire the School’s commitment to fostering curiosity and a concern for others. I believe these are among the most essential elements of a happy, successful life and I love how important they are to us here at Shipley.
Q: As a colleague, what excites you about the new Positive Education Initiative?
I love that this initiative recognizes that personal well-being and academic success are interconnected. I think many of us know that the discovery of a sense of meaning and purpose in life provides the foundation for hard work and success, and I am so excited that we are recognizing that this is true for all of our students, too!
Q: When you meet with a prospective family what do you hope they take away from the conversation?
I hope that they take away a sense of how much the faculty and staff appreciate the multiple dimensions of each child, and that everyone at Shipley is committed to doing all we can to help each student succeed.
Q: What is your favorite part of the school year?
I love the opening days of a new school year. Everyone is excited to see friends, get to know teachers, and set ambitious, hopeful goals for a new year. There’s no time on campus more exciting than when new friendships begin to form and everything is ripe with possibility.
Q: Switching gears- favorite vacation?
Definitely Marrakech! It was unlike any place I have ever visited, and the people were so warm and welcoming. From the bustling souks at Jemaa el-Fnaa, to the amazing views of the Koutoubia Mosque at dusk from a riad rooftop, it was an unforgettable trip.
Q: What surprises people most about Shipley?
I think people might be surprised by the School’s authentic commitment to being a community where everyone has a place and an opportunity. Ours is a safe, open, and inclusive learning environment, and these traits help drive so many of the amazing things that happen at Shipley.