Dr. Sandra Billingslea has more than thirty years of experience in working on the behalf of parents and children. She worked with the former Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services licensing daycare centers. She presently serves as a social worker with Miami-Dade County Public Schools at Dorothy M. Wallace COPE Center, a school for teenage mothers.
Dr. Billingslea's training is indicative of her high personal standards. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Bethune Cookman College; a Master of Social Work from Barry University, an Education Specialist and Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University. She believes in the transformative power of education, and has tried to epitomize this in her own life.
Professionally, Dr. Billingslea holds a number of positions. She is president of the Miami-Dade County School Social Workers Association; she is owner and founder of Mel-San Enterprises, Inc., a business consulting firm; she is the publicist for Jeffrey Dean Swain and Juris Doctor Publications, having overseen the production of four books; and she is an adjunct Professor of Education at Nova Southeastern University. She is also a former Social Worker and Teacher for the Year for Miami Dade County Public Schools.
However, Dr. Billingslea's great love is the betterment of the lives of children. She works tirelessly to show children that their limits are greater than they know. Through her work at Dorothy M. Wallace COPE Center, she founded the SOAP Program and the Building Eager Esteem (BEE) Club as vehicles for the growth and development of teen mothers. Here, she seeks to make these programs available to all students.