Marianne Jankowski

Sandra McNally Sandra McNally, M.A., is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. She has worked in the counseling field for the past 23 years in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. Currently, she is the prevention manager for a non-profit behavioral health agency in Tempe, AZ where she oversees suicide and substance abuse community prevention programs.

Sandra has been an adjunct faculty member at Rio Salado College for approximately 18 years and teaches courses in their addictions program. She's been teaching at Grand Canyon University as an online instructor for approximately five years.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

As an Addictions Counselor, I have had the opportunity to fulfill my purpose by helping others work through their struggles and achieve their goals. As an online instructor at GCU, I have had the privilege of furthering my purpose by helping students achieve their goal of becoming a counselor. It is so rewarding to provide guidance to students who also have a passion for helping others.

What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?

One effective strategy that I use in my online classes is to actively engage students in the learning process by being available and present in the online classroom. I respond to questions and/or concerns promptly, so students feel supported. I believe students feel good about their learning experience when they know their instructor cares about them.

What is a GCU online student success story you can share?

There are many success stories - students overcoming so many challenges in order to achieve their educational and professional goals. Recently, one of my students shared with me that she had become homeless; she and her children had been living in a tent for over a month before they were able to obtain temporary housing. Throughout this experience, she stayed enrolled at GCU and kept up with her assignments. Her resilience and dedication made a huge impression on me!