Sandra is originally from upstate NY and earned her bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from Emory University and her master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Rochester. Her work in education centered on school reform, closing the opportunity gap and trauma-informed instruction. In addition to teaching, serving on boards of the Canandaigua Salvation Army and the Ontario County Youth Bureau allowed her to learn more about the strengths and needs of the most marginalized in her community.
She relocated to Chapel Hill in 2008 to serve as the educational specialist in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City School’s pilot, Bridge, a day treatment program for students with internalizing mental health issues. In this role, she witnessed the impact of unmet health needs on cognition and learning as well how systemic and institutional racism manifest in diminished access to care for students and families of color.
After twenty years of working in education, Ms. Lynch began pursuing a second career in nursing inspired by her desire to impact health disparities. She is grateful for the opportunity to be an Invest in Nursing Scholar and enjoys learning from professionals dedicated to meeting the health needs of North Carolina’s most underserved residents.
In addition to pursuing a nursing degree, Sandra keeps busy as a mother of three boys and with Catholic ministries focused on anti-racism and climate justice efforts.