Sanna Leinonen

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Sanna has spent many years in education, as a high school teacher, a high school assistant principal, an online teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, teacher leader, and educational consultant. She has used her skills in Educational Technology, PBL, collaborative methods and student engagement, to create an engaging learning environment for all students. She is a co-author of a high school English language textbook series “Culture Café” and she has taught grades 1-6 and 7-12 in both traditional and blended settings and worked as a department head in a community college. She has given presentations and workshops at many conferences including SUKOL (The Federation of Foreign Language Teachers in Finland), ITK (Interactive technology in education), and EDUFI (Finnish National Agency for Education).

Sanna works with a diverse group of students and colleagues, Finnish and international, which has resulted in her becoming an expert in English Language Learners, Special Education, Professional Learning Communities and Collaborative Learning to name a few. One of her foundational teaching practices is Student-Centered Learning.

Sanna has been awarded the Fulbright distinguished teacher award in 2017. She earned her M.A. in English at Tampere University and the teacher of special education certificate at University of Jyväskylä.

Key competences and interests: EFL/ESL, special education, and team learning and teacher collaboration, collaborative teaching and learning, cross-curricular collaboration between ESL/ENL/EFL teachers and subject area teachers.