Sandy Hartmannsgruber

Sandy Hartmannsgruber

Grade 1 Instructional Assistant
Lower School

Sandy Hartmannsgruber is an Instructional Assistant for Grade 1 and began at Carolina Day in January 2022. Sandy has been working with children since 2000, when she got her first taste of literacy teaching while she took a gap year before college. Sandy later taught 2nd–5th grades at Quaker schools in New York and Indiana before moving to Asheville in 2018. She has always loved crafting and has created art with K–12th graders. She is committed to social and racial justice work and enjoyed attending the White Privilege Conference in Seattle, focused on systemic racism. She is passionate about supporting students across the spectrum of learning styles, especially with literacy. She was trained in the Orton Gillingham method at the Arden Reading Clinic, where she tutored K–8th grade students in reading and math before joining the CDS community. 

Get to know Sandy Hartmannsgruber:

What interesting background, training, etc. do you bring to your position?

"I grew up bilingual, speaking English with my mom and German with my dad; languages are fascinating and fun for me.  I studied French in college and then had an amazing opportunity to learn Spanish in 2005 when I was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study ancient and modern textiles in the Andes.  Living in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru shaped who I am as a person and as a teacher.  It was so special to learn Spanish through immersion; it has kept me humble when teaching, as I remember what it's like to learn something completely new.  My passion for teaching literacy is enhanced by playfulness with words and love for languages, especially English with all of its quirks!"

What books and authors inspire you, your curriculum, and your classroom? Why?

"Books nourish my soul.  I am always on the lookout for books whose characters might surprise or affirm my students, stretch their minds or bring delight, with stories that teach something new or delve into a beloved subject.  I especially love Lionboy, by Zizou Corder, and the Wondla trilogy by Tony DiTerlizzi.  I also love anything by Jaqueline Woodson, Ben Hatke, and Kate DiCamillo."