Sydney started her college education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and finished here at IUSB. She has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and was a graduate of Cohort V in the Educational Leadership program here at IUSB. Sydney worked in public education for 16 years as an elementary school teacher. Most of her experience is with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. While teaching for South Bend Schools, Sydney taught in the DEPTH program for 6 years, working with gifted and talented students. In 2001, she was named Teacher of the Year for Perley Elementary School. Her areas of interest are culture studies, working with non-english speaking students and their families, and the areas of Social Studies.
Carter G. Woodson Book Award Committee