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Extraordinary Educator: Sandra Cango

Sandra Cango, Kirkman Park Elementary School, awarded High Point Extraordinary Educator by the High Point School Schools Partnership at High Point Country Club, High Point, N.C., Friday, August 20, 2021. (Lynn Hey photo)

2021 Extraordinary Educators: Sandra Cango

Great communities have great schools. High Point Schools Partnership creates impactful connections between our schools and the wider community to ensure students and their families are supported and can reach their full potential in High Point schools.

Part of High Point Schools Partnerships’ mission is to improve the image of our schools through storytelling. Who better to tell the stories of High Point’s schools than the people experiencing it first-hand? In this series of eight articles, we will highlight our 2021 High Point Extraordinary Educators as we dive deeper into what keeps them motivated in the face of constant challenges.

Sandra Cango

For the last 4 years, Sandra Cango has been working at Kirkman Park Elementary School. Kirkman Park is a Spanish Immersion School in High Point. As an intercultural exchange teacher, Ms. Sandra Cango finds her reasons for staying to be simple truths: she loves “the school, the staff, the kids, and the community.”

Kirkman Park Elementary School’s principal, Jamal Crawford, describes Sandra Cango’s classroom as “one where teaching comes alive for her students. She is kind, creative, and always willing to help. Her classroom is always busy. Her students interact with each other like they were native-born Spanish speakers.”

According to Crawford, “Señora Cango was always accessible during remote learning and her remote classes were always well-attended. Her diligence ensured that her students were able to re-enter school and maintain their language skills.”

Q: What inspired you to become an educator?

A: I became an educator because I think it’s one of the most important professions due to the impact I can make on my students and their families.

Q: What’s your teaching/leadership style?

A: I’m a hands-on teacher, I believe this style of teaching is the best for students to learn. As for leadership, I believe in setting an example for my students and treating everyone fairly with respect. It could be called the facilitator style. I like to be the bridge for students to build their own learning.

Q: Do you have a classroom motto or philosophy you abide by? Why?

A: My motto is for my kids to never give up and that they can achieve anything they set themselves to accomplish. If they learn this from a young age, I think it will be easier for them to face the daily problems of life. I always try to begin the day with motivational quotes for my students to repeat out loud in order to believe in themselves and have a positive attitude.

Q: What’s your favorite part about every day?

A: The best part about every day is seeing the impact I’m making on my students and seeing them use what I taught them in life. Of course, I can’t leave out the hugs and the love I receive every day.

Q: What’s your most memorable moment as an educator?

A: My most memorable moment was being selected as Teacher of the Year by the school staff. This was a huge achievement because it felt like my peers acknowledged my hard work and passion for what I do.

Ms. Cango wants her students to know she will “always be there” for you and she’ll “do everything in her power” to help you succeed in life.

Thank you so much to Sandra Cango for your dedication to High Point’s students. Congratulations on being selected as your school’s 2021 Extraordinary Educator!

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Article written by High Point Schools Partnership Staff