Mrs. Tricia Sandell

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Mrs. Tricia Sandell

My name is Tricia Sandell and I am a third grade teacher here at Van Buren Elementary.  I have been teaching for 25 years and totally LOVE what I do.  I started out teaching fourth grade for three years at Tyrrell Elementary in Port Arthur before moving to Highland Park Elementary in Nederland.  While there for 19 years, I taught second and third grades as well held the position of assistant principal.  I can honestly say that I am so glad to be home!  There is nothing like PNG!

A few things you probably don't know about me is that I grew up in Groves.  I actually attended Van Buren when I was little, and then went on to Groves E, GMS, and finally PNG High School.  After graduation in 1991, I attended Lamar University and received a B.S. in Education.  I even did my student teaching with Mrs. Patsy Edmonds here at Van Buren.  In the year 2000, I received my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar.  

I am married to Don Sandell and have three children, Landon-19 Tate-16, and Brinkley Kathryn-12.  We also have a dog named Bella Claire.  

It is my job to make a positive impact on each and every child in my classroom .  Sometimes I am the brightest part of his/her day, and it is up to me to make a difference!  

"Every child is gifted.  They just open their packages at different times."