Susan's roots are in the mid-west, where she was born, went to school, and started her environmental and agricultural based education and outreach work. She has worked at a zoo, at a natural history museum at the beginning of discovery schools, and taught high school before working at CT DEEP. This wealth of experience makes her the perfect educator to coordinate and share CT's Project Food, Land and People curriculum, Project Wet, as well as spearheading climate education for the new science standards. This legislative session, CT passed a requirement for climate change to be included in curriculum, but no surprise that Susan was ahead of the need and already offering programs for teachers on climate education. This July Susan is coordinating and holding a 3 day workshop on Communicating Climate Change, and Jennifer is thrilled to be teaching on the boat tour of the CT River having the 25 teachers observe and predict impacts and plan lessons to make climate science come to life for their future students.
So in between leading and chairing multiple educational groups and institutions and all her other citizen science literacy work, what does Susan do for fun? She is an avid reader, quilter and traveler. She loves traveling alone and check out museums and centers to inspire herself and her programs at Kellogg, which you can learn more about here: https://www.ct.gov/DEEP/cwp/view.asp?q=322550. One of her favorites is the Prince Edward Island Potato Museum! Her most recent notable adventure trip was Alaska, but she has done the Grand Canyon and many other places solo. What is next for the inspiring Susan? Perhaps an African Safari, but keep watching as she is sure do do much for for us in the state and beyond who are lucky to have such a talented and committed educator.
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