Sandy Storer’s evolution as a gap year specialist is the natural outcome of 30 years professional social work experience, a lifetime of adventurous travel, and an appreciation for the value of taking time for personal growth.
With professional experience as a family therapist, school social worker, transition specialist and pre-college coach Sandy has an extensive history of working to help young adults find, and flourish, on their path. Over the years she has worked in clinical, public school, and university settings. Sandy has a particular interest in the challenges involved in the transition to college.
Raised in California and Massachusetts, Sandy grew up in a family where weeks long backpacking trips and traipsing about in a Volkswagen camper were the norm. She learned to be comfortable with the unknown, planning on the fly, and solving problems with whatever was at hand. In 2003, seeking to provide some of that same spirit of adventure for her family she led her family (children ages 7, 10, and 13) on a gap semester in Central America. It was a pivotal time for her family – collectively and individually. In 2013, Sandy used a personal gap year to pursue her interest in photography and find a way to make meaning of her hobby. Sandy now donates her photography services and travels regularly to Uganda with a youth-led non-profit as both a volunteer photographer and trip co-leader. She cannot imagine her life today without the gains from these gap experiences and enthusiastically encourages others to give one a try!
Sandy graduated from Northwestern University, received her MSW from Boston University, attended the Family Institute of Cambridge, and completed a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Fellowship through the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Shriver Center. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and serves on the American Gap Association Board of Advisors
FUNDaFIELD volunteer – photographer and trip co-leader
After the Bulldozers – photographer and consultant
Lincoln Old Town Hall Exchange
Women’s Initiative for Social Action
The Philanthropy Connection – Grant Review Team Member
USA Swimming Official
Lincoln School Foundation
Lincoln Recreation Committee
I should like to spend the whole of my life traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.
— William Hazlitt
Central America, Caribbean, South Africa, Uganda, Nepal, Thailand,
Hungary, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, and throughout the United States.