Sandy Lucas, educator, workshop leader, keynote speaker, performer, singer, songwriter, recording artist, and recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence In Teaching, is a native North–Side Chicagoan. The older of two children, she always knew she wanted to become a teacher. She's been singing since she could talk, and got her first guitar, a Silvertone from Sears, for her 8th grade graduation. She bought a Mel Bay book and taught herself to play.
Sandy earned her undergraduate degree from Northeastern Illinois University, and her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from National-Louis University. She started teaching first grade and music at a small private school in Chicago in 1980.
Ms. Lucas has been teaching for the Chicago Public Schools since 1992. As a Fine Arts specialists, she teaches visual arts and music for Pre-school through 6th grade at Murphy School, a Fine & Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School. With a commitment to Arts Integration, she has created an environment for children's creative expression and learning through the arts.
In 1988 Sandy was introduced to The Old Town School of Folk Music, joined the faculty, and started teaching Wiggleworms®; music classes for parents and their very young children. She was also the Children's Program Director there from 1990 to 1992.
Ms. Lucas started performing for children and family audiences in 1990. Her lively interactive shows feature a variety of instruments, including guitar, ukulele, and "can-jo," as well as a unique assortment of percussion and home made instruments for the kids to jam along. With her amazing repertoire, she has created a variety of musical programs to celebrate Earth Day, Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Halloween, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chicago, Summer Fun, as well as Everyday Music...a musical celebration for any day. Her two CD's, "Keep A Song In Your Heart" and "Everyday Music," are kid tested and parent and teacher approved.
Sandy has created and performed many programs for the Chicago Public Libraries to promote literacy through the arts. She is a favorite workshop leader and presenter for educational conferences and professional development sessions. Her workshops include Instant Guitar for Teachers, and Everyday Music for the Classroom.
In 2006 Sandy Lucas was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence In Teaching, nominations for which are made by fellow educators, administrators, past and present students, parents, and the general public. The award selection is determined by a volunteer committee of more than 70 professional educators, including former Golden Apple Award winners.