Educator Profile

Sandra Perez

Sandra Perez is the Latin Dance teacher at Samuel Gompers High School and I.S. 303x in the Bronx.

During a focus group in the Bronx, she learned that hunger was one of the reasons why students do not attend the after-school program. Students expressed that they do not eat school food and at 3:00pm they choose to leave the building to eat in place of attending her Latin Dance class. Sandra took it upon herself to have her friend who owned a bodega to make sandwiches for her students that she took with her to class. By listening to her students and attending to their needs, Sandra’s class had record enrollment at a school where the odds were against her. Urban Arts alum who have taken part in Sandra’s Latin dance class credit her for teaching them confidence, and giving them a new found passion for dance.