As Technology Support Specialist, Sandra Bigelow helps Parent to Parent of NYS best utilize modern technology to carry out its mission. Sandy began her career with Parent to Parent in December 2000 and served as a regional coordinator for ten years. With an office in Canton, Sandy continues to assist the North Country Regional Coordinator in providing service to the St. Lawrence County area. Prior to working for Parent to Parent, Sandy created a newsletter for families raising prematurely born children which she published for five years. Sandy began learning about personal computers and using the internet while publishing the newsletter and quickly learned she had a natural ability for working with technology.
Sandy holds an A.S. in Human Services from State University of New York at Canton and a certificate for Secretarial Education from Northwest Tech BOCES. Sandy also worked as a parent educator teaching families about preschool special education. Sandy was a reviewer and contributor for Your Premature Baby and Child by Amy Tracy and Diane Maroney.
Sandy has a knack at seeing the good in any situation and sees a problem as a challenge to find a number of possible solutions from which to choose the best one. Sandy finds these qualities as beneficial when working with families as well as when working in technology.
Sandy resides in St. Lawrence County with her two young adult children whom were both born prematurely. Sandy has first-hand experience on partnering with community resources from raising her daughter who has cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment and a mild intellectual disability.
Sandy has served on various local boards and committees advocating for people with special needs and their families including St. Lawrence NYSARC and St. Lawrence County ‘s MRDD Subcommittee. Sandy’s hobbies include crocheting, scrapbooking, camping, gardening and attending classic car shows. A personal goal of Sandy’s is is to own a classic car or truck and show it at the Syracuse Nationals.