Title: Elementary and Secondary School Educator, Consultant (Retired)
Location: Windsor Locks, Connecticut, United States
Sandra Signorelli Coelho, retired Elementary and Secondary School Educator and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics education and technology education.
Originally was planning to become a nun, but Dr. Coelho’s parents, her father was an educator and mother worked in a school cafeteria, encouraged her to finish college before entering the convent. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Central Connecticut State University in 1962 and at that time decided, she wanted to teach. Dr. Coelho’s first job as a teacher was with the Torrington Board of Education, and she held that role from 1962 to 1965. It was during this time that she married her husband, Walter S. Coelho, and remained married to him from 1964 until he died suddenly, in 1994. The year after her wedding, Dr. Coelho assumed employment in East Windsor, CT, as a teacher, where she taught all grades from kindergarten through grade twelve, including technology and became a mathematics coordinator for the East Windsor Board of Education. It was during the years when computers were just beginning, that East Windsor became one of only three towns in the State of Connecticut to network the school system. Dr. Coelho became the network administrator. During the course of her employment from 1965 to 2002, Dr. Coelho earned a Master of Science from Central Connecticut State University in 1969, as well as became certified in intermediate administration with the University of Connecticut in 1980.
In 2002, Dr. Coelho retired from her position with the East Windsor Board of Education and worked as a consultant for the Enfield Town Hall in 2002, and then for the Connecticut Academy from 2003 to 2004. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Richmond University in 2006. Furthermore, she served as the associate director of math for Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) at Wesleyan University from 2004 until her retirement in 2008. She also worked on the Presidential Advisory Committee as an advisor for Addison-Wesley Connect Math Services the same year she retired.
Dr. Coelho has loved every moment of her career as a teacher. One of her greatest highlights came years after she retired, she was out shopping and a former student with two children of his own approached Dr. Coelho and told her that he and his peers knew how much she loved them and that’s why they always behaved in her classes. Another student, just last year, wrote a book, “Crash Course: AP Computer Science Principles,” and sent Dr. Coelho a note with the following quote, “Please know the difference you made in my life. Thank you for encouraging me to be better than I thought possible.” Dr. Coelho advises that anyone interested in the field of teaching should sincerely care for the students, should be aware of students needs and should recognize how important it is to address those needs, if they truly want to teach. As a testament to her success, Dr. Coelho has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the East, and the 27th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
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