Sandy Majors earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Central State University, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Professional Studies in Education with a focus on Literacy. She recently retired as a fourth grade teacher, specializing in working with gifted students.
As an online instructor for four and a half years with Grand Canyon University, Sandy enjoys facilitating master level courses. She is passionate about reading and writing, which also correlates with her dissertation on imagery in reading comprehension. She admits, "I am excited to see visual literacy earn the attention it deserves."
On a personal level, Sandy loves spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She enjoys music, reading, Bible studies, movies, supervising intern teachers, and mentoring from time to time.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
After retiring, my involvement with GCU has kept me active in education. I love knowing that I can still make a difference in students' lives, even if they are years older than my fourth graders.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I prepare a weekly clarification thread to further explain or define details from the assignment. While reading the assignments as if I were writing them, I jot down my questions. Then, after looking through the lecture and other readings, I narrow the focus and pinpoint answers to those questions. The questions in the Questions to Instructor forum are greatly minimized, and students often share their appreciation for the clarification.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
After several weeks into a course, I realized one student who spoke English as a second language struggled with grammar and word usage, but understood the concepts. I sent him an email stating I knew English was a challenge for him, but I could see he understood the concepts of what he was writing. I encouraged him to keep trying and shared I would work with him on the grammar and word usage. Within fifteen minutes, he emailed back with a tearful, but joyous reply of gratitude because he had just decided to give up and drop out of college. Needless to say, he was not the only one who was tearful that day.