Sandy Shaw

Professor of Modern Languages
On faculty 1976-1985; since 2007





PhD, Cornell University, 1975

BA, Middlebury College, 1967


Professional Interests

I have been teaching French and Spanish at the college or high school level since 1968, when I was a graduate student in Romance linguistics at Cornell. I have always been especially interested in applying the principles of linguistics to foreign language teaching, in order to make classroom learning more organized, effective, and proficient. I like to balance challenging teaching with kindness, encouragement, and patience.


Personal Interests

Since my early childhood I have been fascinated by classical music; I have played the piano and sung in choirs and choruses since elementary school. I am currently singing bass in the Bach Choir of Chattanooga and Choral Arts of Chattanooga, and I still practice the piano regularly.

I love to go walking, hiking, and jogging in the fresh air on Lookout Mountain. I jog along
Scenic Highway frequently, and I go for hikes along the Bluff Trail and in Cloudland Canyon State Park.

I have enjoyed reading all my life; I am presently savoring What's So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza, The Buried Mirror by Carlos Fuentes, and The Known World by Edward P. Jones.


Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • North American Association of Christian Foreign Language Educators


Jeremy Mosley and three language lab tutors discuss the benefits of students practicing conversations with native speakers in Covenant's language lab.