Dr. Audrey Sanders has been an advocate for high quality public education for over 20 years. She believes that no child should be trapped by the zip code that their family lives in; but, have an opportunity for school choice that can offer a positive learning environment. She grew up in La Porte, Texas in an impoverished neighborhood where the entire Northside community nurtured her with encouragement and love. Her first classroom was in the family’s front yard with her two brothers as the students and the Dick and Jane book, See Spot Run as their only textbook!
Dr. Sanders quickly evolved from playing school to developing a love for teaching and reaching into students’ lives. Dr. Sanders has served as a teacher, trainer for teachers, supervisor, federal funding administrator and principal. She has demonstrated leadership in NCLB implementation and compliance for a large urban school district in Houston, Texas. Furthermore, she has proven leadership at the campus level in closing the achievement gap from being below grade level proficiency in reading to 100% passing rate in reading for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades on the state assessment, STAAR.
Dr. Sanders has served on the Board of Directors, Member-at-Large for the National Association of Alternative Certification as well as a TEA designee for the USDE National Summit on Supplemental Educational Services and Public School Choice. Dr. Sanders earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Houston Baptist University. She completed her Master of Education degree and her Doctorate of Education degree from Texas Southern University.