Sue brings over 10 years of experience in corporate technology, executive-level management, and software engineering in addition to her 15 years of public school teaching in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and engineering robotics to Allendale Columbia. Sue is the Founder and Director of Vista Teach Instructional Services – a company that has won international acclaim for bringing real-world engineering principles and professional practices into STEM classrooms. A graduate of Nazareth College and the State University of New York College at Geneseo, Sue earned her Master of Science Degree in Computer Education (K-12) and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education respectively.
Why did you decide to go into this line of work?
Advocating the urgency of STEM education and, in particular, engineering education in the early elementary years has been a long-standing passion of mine. Young children are naturally eager to learn, full of curiosity, and possess a propensity for risk-taking. This is fertile ground for developing STEM fluency at an early age (and sustaining interest in the STEM disciplines by the time students reach their Middle and Upper School years).
What’s the best part about working at Allendale Columbia?
Besides the great lunches?! It’s definitely having the academic freedom to dig deeper with building comprehensive STEM programming as well as working collaboratively with my teaching colleagues. We’re able to continually form numerous global, corporate, and collegiate partnerships while bringing authentic and dynamic learning experiences to our young students.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes, it’s built on catastrophe. Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.” – Soichiro Honda