Dr. Sonja Brandt joined the Teaching and Leadership faculty here at UND in 2019. She is a member of the Elementary Education program, teaching preservice teachers in early childhood and elementary programs as well as graduate students in literacy education. Her work focuses on teachers' awareness of their nonverbal behaviors during instruction to increase and positively impact student learning. Dr. Brandt and her husband and two children live here in Grand Forks. She enjoys reading, photography, spending time outdoors, and traveling with her family.
TL 328 Survey of Children's Literature
TL 409 Reading in the Content Areas
TL 440 Elementary TEAM Math Methods
TL 443 Mathematics for Primary Grades
TL 528: Children's and Young Adult Literature in the Classroom
Dr. Brandt's research is centered on elementary teacher's nonverbal immediacy behaviors during instruction. Her goal is to lead current and preservice teachers to become more aware of their instructional and non-instructional nonverbal behaviors to positively impact student learning.
Dr. Sonja's educational background includes degrees from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN (B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Communication/Language Arts), St. Mary's University of Minnesota (M.A. in Education), and the University of North Dakota (Ph.D. in Teacher Education). Her varied educational experiences at these higher education institutions and working in different school districts has shaped her into the educator she is for teaching elementary students and preservice teachers alike.
Dr. Brandt has 15 years' teaching experience in preschool and elementary classrooms. She comes to UND with prior experience teaching undergraduate courses at UND as well as the University of Minnesota Crookston.