Tomeka Sanderlin is more than an educator—she is a mentor and role model. Now a third year teacher at The Y.A.L.E. School’s Williamstown campus, Tomeka knows firsthand what it is like to struggle.
Sanderlin grew up in southern New Jersey and before graduating high school, gave birth to her first child. Instead of becoming a statistic, she entered college and in 2007, graduated from Richard Stockton College. Within three years, she had finished her Master’s degree in education.
Today, this inspirational educator and mother of two is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership, with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.
“I’m a firm believer that learning is a lifelong process. It is important for me to stay current in the field of education,” said Sanderlin.
“Tomeka is a very creative teacher, and is able to differentiate instruction to all learning styles in her classroom,” said James Morrow, the campus principal. “Her teaching methodologies focus on hands-on, investigative, and collaborative activities.”
Her commitment to helping others reaches outside of the classroom; she is a literacy volunteer for Atlantic County.
Deeply dedicated to providing a safe and positive learning environment, Sanderlin said she sets high expectations for all of her students and even higher ones for herself.
“I believe everyone has a calling; this is mine at this season of my life. I am with this group of students for a reason!”