Ivy Sandz is a teacher, literacy specialist, poetic medicine facilitator, and book artist. She works at the intersections of literacy empowerment, personal voice, creative expression, and healing.
Ivy founded Literacy Access in 2001. She has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, as well as credentials in Cross-Cultural Language Acquisition and Development (ESL), English and Art. She has extensive training in early literacy and progressive literacy development through high school. Her work develops advanced, sophisticated reading and writing skills, critical thinking, and in-depth subject matter knowledge through the upper elementary, middle school, and high school grades. While working as a classroom teacher, Ivy combined an integrated content curriculum with research-based literacy “best practices.” She has provided professional development for elementary school teachers in literacy, as well as parent education workshops. Ivy offers high-quality, individualized instruction and parent consultations to families in the East Bay in need of remediation, grade-level teaching, as well as enrichment. She works closely with students and their families to support literacy development, a love of learning, and a sense of empowerment.
Ivy is passionate about the intersection between teaching and healing. Her interest in healing has extended from training as a life coach in 2005, to a decade of apprenticeship and training in indigenous healing practices, followed by two years of training with the Institute for Poetic Medicine. Familiarity and flexibility with indigenous paradigms bring a holistic approach to her teaching work and a strong sense of contributing to the community. Ivy works with her dog, Harper, who is a certified therapy dog.