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Meet our wonderful team at The Sands Academy!

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Mrs. Lauren Sands, M.Ed.

Founder of The Sands Academy

Lauren graduated magna cum laude at Ashford University, receiving her Bachelor’s of Arts in English with a minor in Political Science and Government. She continued to study at Ashford, receiving her Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in reading literacy and instruction. She is currently a Ph.D student at NSU.

Lauren has over 10 years’ experience teaching different populations, including children with neurological differences, autism spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD, developmental delays, and ESOL learners. She also has experience teaching in behavioral health settings and foster settings. She is dedicated to making life-long learners by cultivating a love of learning with her students.

Her goal is to create an inclusive environment where all kids are welcome to learn!



Mrs. Pamela Spence


Pamela Spence works hard and is dedicated to all the families here at The Sands Academy. She is a Deltona local who enjoys riding her bike, kayaking, and spending time with her family. She is a CPR/First Aid instructor and always knows what to do if there’s an emergency! She ensures all of our teachers are supported, our families are taken care of, and makes our little school house feel like a home.



Ms. Amber Thorn

Front Desk & Teacher Aid

Meet Amber! She is our front desk assistant and teacher aide, as well as an Education Major at Daytona State College. Amber wears many hats here at The Sands Academy. She is kind, patient, and has over 15 years of experience working in the classroom. Our students love her gentle demeanor and loving personality. Outside of the classroom, you can find her spending time with her teenage son and family. She is dedicated to our families and helping our students meet their needs.

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Ms. Eden Stone

Kindergarten & Third Grade

Meet Ms. Eden! She was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL. She is a mother of two wonderful adults and enjoys spending time with her granddaughter. Her hobbies are gardening, plants, and nature. Eden graduated from Daytona State College in 2011 with her Bachelors of Science Degree w/Honors. She has worked over 10 years teaching and has gained knowledge and understanding of Exceptional Student Education (ESE). She incorporated "The Green Classroom Initiative" during her time as a Pre-k ESE teacher in 2017. Eden was awarded ESE Teacher of the Year at Southwestern Middle School in 2019. Over the last 3 years, she has worked as an Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) working one-on-one with children and their families. Outside of our classrooms, she is busy helping families in the afternoon as an ITDS, developing and assisting personal goals for speech, behaviors, and developmental benchmarks. Eden is excited to start this new journey as the Kindergarten & 3rd Grade Teacher at The Sands Academy!

Mrs. Yomara Mojica

First & Second Grade Teacher

Meet Ms. Yomara! Ms. Yomara is from Puerto Rico and recently moved to Deltona, FL. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with over 10 years of experience working in the classroom, fostering relationships with her community, and making a difference. Ms. Yomara is also our Spanish 1 elective teacher! She is excited to create a community with her students this year at The Sands Academy!

Mrs. Melody Bradley

Fourth & Fifth Grade Teacher

Meet Ms. Melody! Melody has a Bachelor’s in Science from FSU with over 18 years of experience teaching. Melody enjoys making her curriculum hands-on, accessible, and incorporates Montessori teaching philosophy into her classroom. Outside of the classroom, you can find her spending time with her family, focusing on holistic healing, and building relationships with the community. We are excited to have Melody on our team!

Ms. Laura Andrews

Middle School Teacher

Meet Ms. Laura! Laura is so excited to be partnering with The Sands Academy. Laura briefly attended Florida International University as an Early Childhood Education major. Her time there was cut short when she left college to join the Army in 2006. She spent almost 10 years as an active-duty Soldier. After leaving the Army, she finished her degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Physiology and Chemistry. She is so excited to share her love of math and science with young minds. If she’s not at The Sands Academy, she is with her 2 sons or at the gym. We are excited for the energy and creativity Laura will bring to The Sands Academy!

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