Rob Sandler

tutor, teacher, world traveler

Rob went to Bronx Science and then University of Texas at Austin, where he studied American history and art history and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has been teaching at Stuyvesant High School for over 15 years and was named Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year by NCSS in 2013. In 2014, he was the Gilder Lehrman NY State Teacher of the Year, and more recently he was named Williams College’s 2017 Olmsted Teacher of the Year. At Stuy, he also teaches the popular elective courses Jewish History and NYC History. Students particularly love his walking tours, in which he uses the built environment to understand the city’s past. This past year, he and his students toured Harlem, the Lower East Side, Queens, and landmarks in Brooklyn like Greenwood Cemetery. His wife Carol is also a teacher (2nd grade) and they have two children (ages five and seven).

…a text I love to teach

I love teaching Frederick Douglass’s “The Meaning of Fourth of July for the Negro” to my AP U.S. History classes. I ask students to work in groups and discuss the historical context, the purpose and the intended audience. We also debate to what extent this speech is still relevant today, considering race relations in America.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

I backpacked to over 10 cities in eight weeks in India and was amazed by the historical architecture, religious diversity, and spicy and delicious food. I went back a second time to Bombay (Mumbai) as a best man for my old college roommate. It was a traditional Indian wedding and was so beautiful!

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Alexander Hamilton, Theodor Herzl, Emma Goldman, Frederick Douglass, Ed Koch, Golda Meir, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol