Mother of one, teacher of many… Suzie teaches 12th Grade Social Studies at Mount Carmel Area High School in Northeast Pennsylvania in the USA and has been doing so for the past eight years. Named one of Pennsylvania’s Keystone Technology Integrators in 2009, she thrives on bringing cutting-edge techniques and technologies to her students to open them up to the world. Outside of the classroom, she coaches Football cheerleading, serves as the school’s Homebound Instruction Coordinator, serves as a faculty member on the Student Assistance Program (SAP) team to help at-risk youth, and serves as advisor for the school’s Student Government, amongst other extracurriculars. Outside of school, Suzie is kept busy with her seven-year-old son’s school, soccer, baseball, and basketball schedules.
Suzie holds a BA in Political Science and Pre-Law from Bloomsburg University and an MSEd. in 21st Century Teaching from Wilkes University. Teaching is Suzie’s third career in this lifetime’s journey. She originally began career #1 in Child Protective Services and the courtroom. Career #2 led her to Dallas, TX and Minneapolis, MN for several years, where she served as an IT consultant/recruiter (aka – headhunter for high-end software and internet developers). After the “dot.com” bubble burst and following 9-11-2001, her travels led her back to her hometown in Northeastern Pennsylvania, at which time she completed Teacher Intern Certification coursework at Susquehanna University to embark upon career #3 as a high school Social Studies teacher. Her background in the technology field, combined with experience in working with troubled youth have lent themselves nicely to career #3 and 21st Century teaching and learning.
Suzie and her students thrive on global connection through technology use. Involvement in projects such as Flat Classroom and Digiteen recently afforded some of her students to travel to Mumbai, India for the 2010 Global Flat Classroom Conference. Suzie was also featured by Microsoft Online Safety under the Education Highlights section for her work thus far with these global projects.