Sandra Joyce has been teaching for more than 10 years at various schools, including Crestview Elementary, Flintridge Montessori School and La Crescenta Montessori. She has now taken her desire to inspire the youth of Los Angeles to another level by entering the Pepsi Refresh Challenge and, after numerous attempts, she is now one of the final top two contestants in the running to begin an after-school enrichment program in Los Angeles.
"I've basically dedicated the last 10 years of my life to being a teacher. I put on programs every year and teach acting in the summer," Joyce said. "I want to do things after school for children in low income places where you see them getting into drinking or drugs or worse. I've noticed just from teaching that kids get into a lot of different things."
Joyce said she feels strongly that children who do not have an outlet for their creativity or energy often end up occupying their minds with destructive and life-altering activities.