Zampino, Sandra J

Zampino, Sandra J

Lecturer AY-B, Educational Leadership




Preferred: (408) 924-3615

Office Hours

By appointment


  • Doctor of Education, Nova Univ, 2001
  • Master of Science, Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University, Florida, United States, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Work, Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma, United States, 1987

Licenses and Certificates

  • Elementary Education (1-6), Florida, United States, 1987
  • School Social Work, Florida, United States, 1987
  • School Principal (all levels), Florida, United States, 2002
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), Human Research, Florida, United States, 2007


Simply put, I am an advocate for teaching and learning. I believe that everyone can learn, that there is a potential in every one of us to succeed. The predominant purpose of education is to provide the opportunity for each person to grow into his or her full capacity. Education is about opening doors, opening minds, and opening possibilities. Students come to the University with strengths and abilities. The educational environment must be committed to connect these abilities with deeper and wider ways of knowing: producing students who have mastered more than the basics, learned how to learn, achieved deep understanding, who can gather and analyze data, solve problems, make decisions, use technology, communicate effectively, become leaders, and work collaboratively. All individuals can learn and are responsible for taking an active role in their own learning process. Learning is a life-long process, comes from all life experiences and human encounters, and encompasses all of our senses. The pace of learning and the learning processes are not restricted by time, place, age, race, or ethnicity. Learning by doing is the norm, and I am obligated to promote natural curiosity and the desire to learn on an equitable opportunity and access basis. As an educator and administrator in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 19 years, I have learned to make sound decisions under pressure, concentrate on developing solutions, encourage individual growth and development of teachers, students, and staff, and effectively and continuously evaluate activities, programs and functions. I was a Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ principal at the Elementary School level. I was recently a Doctoral Enrollment Counselor/Program Professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), the Abraham Fischler School of Education. I relocated to California due to my husband’s professional growth. I am dedicated to educating and mentoring students, problem solving, and providing resources to ensure educational success. The way I conduct myself professionally and personally is reflected in the following quote from Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”