WIDA Professional Development Specialist
Suzanne is a Professional Development Outreach Specialist with WIDA. Her passion for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students stems from her own personal experience of having lived and taught abroad in France and Cameroon, West Africa. Through these experiences of being completely immersed in new cultures and new languages, Suzanne developed a deep level of empathy and motivation for helping English language learners succeed both linguistically and academically within our educational system and in our society at large.
Suzanne has twelve years of experience in a wide variety of teaching and learning environments. She has taught English in the French public school system, has been a 4th/5th grade ELL teacher in a self-contained classroom at a newcomer center, taught Somali and Hmong immigrants in their respective immigrant charter schools in the Minneapolis Twin Cities area, and worked as a K-5 ELL teacher in a Title I building. Most recently Suzanne has been an Assistant Professor in the teacher preparation program at the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota where her focus was on English language learner instruction, literacy best practices, and multicultural education. She also has been working as an educational consultant for the South Dakota Department of Education for three years. In this role, she has been assisting school leadership teams in implementing targeted strategies for school improvement.
Suzanne holds a BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Dakota and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hamline University.
Phone: (605) 988-4564