Director of Enrollment, Financial Aid, & Institutional Research Colorado State University, PhD Loyola University, MEd DePaul University, BA email: sandy.stack [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 636-2465
Director of Enrollment, Financial Aid, & Institutional Research Sandy Stack had a high school experience that is in stark contrast to the experience at Sonoma Academy. She attended Lane Technical College Preparatory, a public 4-year selective magnet high school in the Chicago area with over 4900 students. “My 9th grade class had over 1000 students in it,” she says. “Obviously, there was no way to meet or know everyone in a school that size... it felt more like college!”
Sandy originally thought her career path was going to land her in the advertising world. “I was an art major in college, and my dream was to work at Leo Burnett, a top Chicago advertising company,” she says. “And I did end up achieving that goal!” But after a few years in advertising, Sandy felt that she wanted to find work that was more meaningful to her, so she returned to school to get a Masters in Educational Psychology.
As she transitioned into working in higher education, Sandy started out first as an academic counselor, then Dean of Students, then Director of Admissions and Vice President of Admissions, and finally National Director of Training. She also completed her PhD, and taught undergraduate and graduate online classes. During all those years, Sandy’s sister worked at an independent school, and she convinced Sandy to explore working at an independent high school. “I started exploring, and Janet Durgin called me,” says Sandy. “My family and I came out to visit, and we decided to move to Santa Rosa to join the Sonoma Academy community.”
Both of Sandy’s children (Steven ‘14 and Sage ‘19) are Sonoma Academy graduates, and she sees firsthand the effect the school has on its students. “Kids, teachers, and staffulty seem genuinely happy to come to school and work here every day. In my experience as an educator all these years, this is rare!” says Sandy. Like many other staffulty members, her favorite part of the week at SA is Community Meeting. “I am inspired by our students, and I learn something new and interesting at every single Community Meeting,” she says. “I am so grateful that this is a part of my work day!”
I am inspired by our students, and I learn something new and interesting at every single Community Meeting. I am so grateful that this is a part of my work day.
Sonoma Academy is the only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On our beautiful campus nestled at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeastern Santa Rosa, our students are able to explore their interests and passions in a rigorous and inspiring environment that develops a lifelong love of learning and prepares them for college and beyond.