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Sandra Bojtos Hart earned her B.S. degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from California University of PA in 1991, graduating with highest honorsĖSumma Cum Laud, and has 31 credits towards a masterís degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Guam - GPA. 4.0. During her years as a teacher, she earned numerous awards along the way, such as the recipient of the 1995 Outstanding Pacific Educator: "Reaching for the Stars Excellence Award" given by the Pacific Region Educational Laboratory (PRELL), Honolulu, Hawaii for inspired teaching on behalf of children. Her selection as the 1996 National State Teacher of the Year, U.S. Territory of Guam, led to her to become one of the 55 State Finalists in the 1996 National Teacher of the Year Competition, Washington, D.C.
As National State Teacher of the Year, Sandra received $10,000 from Citibank, a proclamation from the Governor of Guam, and a citation from the U.S. Congress, which was entered into the Congressional Record. President Clinton honored her at a White House recognition ceremony in the Oval Office where she received a Presidential Commendation Letter and later that evening was a guest at a black tie dinner. Sandra was then sent to International Space Camp to train in space science along with 54 teachers from the U.S. and twenty foreign countries. An outcome of this training is Mrs. Hartís mock space shuttle cabin, which she constructed and when inflated holds approximately 28 children. The shuttle is used as a prop in her one-and-a-half-hour chemistry/ physics interactive space show titled, "Space, Science and Other Things," that she performs for children of all ages and cultures. The show demonstrates simple chemistry and physics experiments using household products along with music, magic, fire, screaming, yelling, candy, aliens and lots of fun. Another product of the show is the publication of her book, Space, Science & Other Things Ė Elementary (K-8) Interactive Space Show, which details her show for other teachers to perform.
In 1999 she was selected as the Department of Defense Teacher of the Year, Guam District. This resulted in her being one of the honored guests at the 1999 Department of Defense Assistant Principalís Conference held in Tokyo, Japan. Later she was selected to attend the 1999 DoD Far East Technology Conference also held in Tokyo. As a committee member of the DoD Professional Development Institute III, she was sent to the 1996 and 1999 National Education Forum in Washington, D.C. to meet with the Secretary of Education and various educational leaders for the Goals 2000 Program.
She is married to Colonel (ret) Michael C. Hart, USAF. She has two sons, James and Michael Bojtos and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Her oldest son,James Elliott Bojtos, is a registered nurse. He is married to Toni, who is also a registered nurse, They have a daughter, Taylor, age eight. Her youngest son, Michael Daniel Bojtos, lives in New York and is following an singing career. Watch out Broadway.
Michael's father, Charles Hart, (deceased) was an Army Major. His mother, Augusta (Gusty) Hart (deceased), was a very famous opera star in Europe in her younger days and went by the stage name ofGusty Rainhoff. Click on her name to see a picture of her staring in one of many operas and to see some newspaper clippings when she married his father, Major Charles J. Hart, USA in 1951. It's amazing how she resembled Reese Weatherspoon. Sadly, Gusty passed away on 25 May 2010. Now she is singing with the angels.