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Sandra Redenbach
(Fmr.) Chair, School of Education Alumni Council and UC Davis Foundation Board Trustee (BA '72, Cred '73)



Sandra (Sandi) Redenbach, M.Ed., is a sought-after educator, national consultant and community leader with a rich background in brain research, emotional intelligence, self-esteem, alternative education, classroom discipline, and programs for at-risk students.

She is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, who now resides in Davis, California. Her career spans more than 35 years of teaching, having taught every age and in nearly every environment, from teaching youth in Juvenile Hall in the late ’60s and veterans at UC Davis in the early ’70s, to teaching speech, drama, and English to junior high and high school students in Woodland for over 20 years. She founded and coordinated The Independent Learning Center, a drop-out recovery, independent study high school in Woodland, California, and also served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction, K-12 in Dixon, California.

Sandi has authored many articles on discipline, responsibility, emotional intelligence and leadership, as well as the following well-received books:

  • Self-Esteem and Emotional Intelligence: The Necessary Ingredients for Success
  • Innovative Discipline: Managing Your Own Flight Plan
  • The Road Map to Consulting: An Educator’s Guide
  • Autobiography of a Drop-out: Dear Diary and Companion Lesson Plans grades 4-12

As president of her own consulting and publishing firm, Esteem Seminar Programs and ESP “Wise” Publications, Sandi has presented countless workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her workshops, designed to empower individuals and promote self-esteem for lifelong success in personal and professional interactions, are for teachers, administrators, students, parents, business professionals, and all others interested in personal and professional development. They cover a wide variety of topics, all focused on the growth and development of the “whole human being.”

In addition to her professional engagements, Sandi is a tireless volunteer at UC Davis, serving as the School of Education’s Alumni Council Chair, as a member of the School’s Board of Advisors, and as a former member of the School’s Words Take Wing committee. She also served as vice president of the Friends of Mondavi, was an ad hoc board member of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA), has served as an usher for the Mondavi Center since its inception, and has coordinated volunteers for the UC Davis Mini Medical School. In 2013, Sandi and her husband Ken Gelatt received the Charles Soderquist Award to honor them for their exceptional volunteer leadership and support of philanthropy at UC Davis, and the Outstanding Education Advocates Award from the School of Education. In 2014, Sandi received the Aggie Service Award from CAAA.  She and Ken generously support a variety of scholarships and programs at the School of Education and UC Davis campus.

Sandi has received many other awards for her work in human rights, including the California Teachers Association’s 1989 Martin Luther King Scholarship Award, a grant from the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, has twice been named Outstanding Educator, and is listed in “Who’s Who Worldwide” and “Who’s Who in American Education.”

Sandi earned her bachelor’s degree in Humanities: English and Fine Arts from UC Davis in 1973 and a secondary/elementary teaching credential from UC Davis in 1974. In 1994, she earned a master’s degree in Education, and an Educational Administrative Services Credential from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. 

As a life coach, Sandi has encouraged many people to overcome obstacles and create passion and purpose while fulfilling their dreams.

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