Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Masters in Education, University of Southern Maine
Susan joins Congressional School as a third grade teacher in 2021. Education is her second career, after more than a decade in corporate sales, marketing, and training. Susan’s undergraduate degree included an international studies focus, and in the early 2000s, she decided to pursue her passion for teaching and returned to school to earn a professional certification in social studies. In 2003, she earned her Master’s degree in education from the University of Southern Maine, and has since completed post graduate study in English language learning and mindfulness in the classroom, among other coursework. Susan has taught both high school and middle school, and she most recently taught 5th and 6th grade history and classical studies at a local private school. It was there that she honed her love of story-telling with tales of emperors, gladiators, knights, and peasants, and made an effort to reflect with her students on and consider the experiences of real people who lived during these times. She especially enjoyed reading classic works of literature with her students and then helping them to create meaning from these narratives by crafting stories of their own.
Susan loves to travel, bike, and do just about anything outdoors. Her family has always had a pet, and right now they have four—three beautiful kitties and one quirky dog! One of her favorite pastimes is to read or listen to books; history and historical fiction, health, and the occasional beach reads are all on the list. Susan is always ready to laugh, play, and have fun, and believes that learning and exploration should be filled with joy and wonder at every possible turn.
"I believe that learning and exploration should be filled with joy and wonder at every possible turn.”