Susan is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in Art Education and a minor in Family and Consumer Sciences. Upon moving to Pensacola, Susan earned her M.Ed. at the University of West Florida in Educational Leadership.
Susan was an art educator in a rural Illinois K-12 unit school for eleven years. She moved to Florida in 1986 and taught art at Tate High School for eleven years leaving the classroom in 1997 to become the Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Tate. She remained in that position until 2009 and was then transferred to Booker T. Washington High School as Curriculum Assistant Principal.
She moved to the district information technology department in 2013 to oversee the implementation of a new student information software system. Retired in2016 and is happily returning to her first love - teaching art.
Personal artwork includes painting and jewelry making. Susan is a member and occasionally exhibits at the Artel Gallery. Jewelry making includes polymer clay, found objects, and semi-precious stones.
Susan believes that the importance of the arts to the perpetuation of our culture is essential. Students exposed to a structured arts education which includes criticism, aesthetic appreciation, history, and production are better problem solvers, creative thinkers, and open minded, productive citizens. She feels the role of the teacher is that of facilitator rather than “ruler of the room”.
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Susan is also a valuable and avid volunteer at the PMA