Dave Sandrick

  Visiting Assistrant Professor
  708-534-4497ext. 4497
  Office Location: G216
  Office Hours: N/A
  College: CEHD

Early Childhood Education



  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, August 2015, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

    • - Dissertation Topic: Parent Blogs as evidence of Parent Development

  • M.S., History and Philosophy of Education, May 2001, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

  • B.S., Elementary Education, December 1993, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

  • Indiana State Teaching License, Elementary Education (K-6, 7/8 Non-departmentalized)



Winter 2021 to Present
Visiting Professor, College of Education, Early Childhood Education, Governors State University, University Park, IL

Fall 2021 to Winter 2021
Teacher, 4th Grade, School City of East Chicago, E. Chicago, IN
(Taught 6th Grade from October 2021 to August 2022)

Spring 2021 to Fall 2021
Center Director, Dreamers Academy, West Town, Chicago
Duties include overseeing the daily operations of a startup center (opened in July 2020) with a focus on increasing enrollment

Spring 2020 to Spring 2021
General Manager, The Learning Experience - Bucktown, Chicago
Duties include overseeing the financial and human resources aspects of a corporate child care center, with a focus on increasing enrollment

Summer 2016 to Spring 2020
Executive Director, St. Nicholas Early Learning, Inc., Indianapolis
Duties included starting the program from scratch; providing care to approximately 40 children and overseeing a staff of 17 employees.

Fall 2010 to Summer 2016
Director, Center for Young Children, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Duties included establishing and maintaining a successful infant-toddler program; ensured staffing needs were met on a daily basis; decreased the budget deficit while improving the overall efficiency of center operations; provided care to approximately 200 children and supervised a staff of approximately 97 employees.

Fall 2008 to Summer 2010
Teacher-in-Residence, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
Duties included teaching EDUC 351 (Music and Movement for K-P), EDUC 356 (Science and Math for K-P), EDUC 357 (Expressive Arts/Social Studies for K-P), and EDUC 373 (Teaching Science in Elementary School). I also served on the Assessment Committee.

Fall 2007 to Summer 2008
Infant Teacher, Child Care Connection, Salvation Army, Bloomington, IN
Duties included building trusting relationships through respectful caregiving with infants from lower-income families.

Fall 2005 to Summer 2007
Manager, Hoosier Hills Career Center Child Care Center, Bloomington, IN
Duties included restructuring the program to operate more efficiently while encouraging staff to engage in developmentally appropriate practices; provided a laboratory environment for vocational high school students.

Summer 2003 to Fall 2005
Lead Infant Teacher, Campus View Child Care Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Duties included being the lead caregiver/teacher of children birth to age one; supervising an assistant teacher, aides and university students; participating on the advisory board as the staff representative

Fall 2000 to Summer 2002
Substitute Teacher, K-12, including Music, Art, and Physical Education, Richland-Bean Blossom Schools, Ellettsville, IN

Winter 2000 to Spring 2001
Student Teaching Supervisor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Fall 1998 to Spring 2000
Teacher, Grade 3, Ellettsville Elementary School, Richland-Bean Blossom Schools, Ellettsville, IN

Fall 1997 to Fall 1998
Substitute Teacher, K-12, Richland-Bean Blossom Schools, Ellettsville, IN
Filled a permanent leave position in 1st/5th grade Special Education at Ellettsville Elementary School in November 1997

Winter 1996 to Summer 1997
Substitute Teacher, K-12, Richland-Bean Blossom Schools, Ellettsville, IN
Filled a six-week maternity leave in 1st Grade at Ellettsville Elementary School

Fall 1996 to Winter 1996
Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten, Casa Blanca Community School, Gila River Indiana Reservation, Bapchule, AZ



Johnson, S., Sandrick, D., Jones, M., Middleton, R., & Nicholson, N. 2010. Still so few male teachers: Now what? Young Children 65 (3)18-23.

Sandrick, D. 2022. The Healing Tree: A Book of Haikus to Honor One Special Tree. Hearts Unleashed Publishing House.



March 2010
Science-to-go: Using technology to help children take science home , SESD (Science Education for Students with Disabilities) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

October 2009
Responsive and Respectful Care for Infants and Toddlers: An Introduction to RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers), EAECA 19th Annual Early Childhood Education Conference, Evansville, IN

October 2009
Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Groups, PCCASI Training/Seminar, Washington, IN

April 2008
Caring for infants the RIE way, IAEYC Annual Conference, Indianapolis