Sandy Gerling-Yelle (Harmony, Positivity, Developer, Includer, Empathy) has one son whom she is so proud of. He has his Doctorate in physical therapy, lives in Hoboken, and works in NYC. She has been married 33 years to her hubby who she met at Alfred State 37 years ago!! Her two "boys" are the loves of her life along with her miniature schnauzer, Sox (named after the Boston Red Sox). Sandy’s husband is from Boston and the three of them are Red Sox fans! They love to travel, and she traveled for 10 years with her husband and son across country from the East coast to the West coast, visiting all the major national parks and sites, including driving to Alaska twice, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia. Sandy’s most memorable dream vacation of a lifetime was her visit to Kenya where she visited a Masai village and met the most gentle, hardworking, and resourceful people. She feels very fortunate that she was able to be in this beautiful place during the “Great Migration across the Masai Plains”, seeing all the major animals including the “big cats.” Sandy recalls that the animals seemed to have no fear of humans as long as they were in a vehicle and she was even was able to be about 10 feet away from a white rhino—an amazing, thrilling experience! This adventure will forever tie her to the Kenyan people and the opportunity to be part of the Kazuri from Kenya Project.
Sandy has been awarded the Chancellor's Award for Teaching and the Alumni Award. She loves teaching and thinks of her students as her "adopted children.” She gets her energy and enthusiasm from teaching and delights in watching young minds learn, grow, and develop into passionate, functioning members of society. Sandy loves flowers and really enjoys flower gardening, planting flowers in pots for her desk and around her property. She would also really would love to learn how to sail and have her own sailboat.