A highly dedicated and collaborative K-12 educator with 20+ years international experience. Specializing in adding English through content; champion for mother tongue and cultural maintenance; enhancing teaching/learning though tech-integration; student centered; data-driven; flexible creative thinker; neuroscience nerd. I also assist schools with putting organized systems into place.


American School Foundation, EAL Early Years, Mexico City, Mexico, July 2017-2019

Bali International School, EAL Program Director/K-12 Literacy Specialist, Bali, Indonesia, July 2013-July 2015

International School Bangkok, EAL Specialist, Nonthaburi, Thailand, July 2006-2012

Carol Morgan School, EAL/Literacy Specialist, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 2003-June 2006

Bahia Vista Elementary School (Title 1), Classroom Teacher, San Rafael, California, July 1999-June 2003

Canal Alliance, Adult Education, San Rafael, California, September 1999-June 2003


Master of Science (M.S.), Multidisciplinary Studies, Language Acquisition, Buffalo State University of New York (SUNY), New York, USA, August 2011

Master of Education (M.Ed.), International Teaching & Curriculum Development, Framingham State College, Massachusetts, USA, June 2005

TESOL Trainer of Trainers, International Language Program, May 2016

Educational Technology Certificate, Bangkok Cohort, Buffalo State University of New York (SUNY), New York, USA, May 2011

Mind Matters Trainer/Coach Certificate, (Pat Wolfe Ed.D.)
Instructor/Trainer/Coach–translating and implementing brain research to classroom application (40+hours), Napa, California, USA, July 2007

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-12), Dominican University, San Rafael, California, USA, July 2000

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Certificate, State of California Commission of Teaching, July 1999

Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD), Certificate, State of California Commission of Teaching, July 1999

Specifically Designed Academics Instruction in English (SDAIE), Certificate, State of California Commission of Teaching, June 1999

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Geography, Minor:  Greek and Roman History,
University of California at Davis (UCD), June 1993

Study Abroad:   Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Sept 1989-Feb 1990


  • Professional Development Poster link
  • EAL reference binder link
  • EAL push-in/Pull-out models
  • (IB) PYP & MYP Level One Training
  • Teachers College Readers & Writers Workshop (Lucy Calkins; Kathy Collins)
  • Writing Workshop with Matt Glover
  • WIDA Language Assessment
  • Words Their Way (WTW)
  • Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
  • Visible Thinking Routines (Project Zero, Harvard)
  • Metacognition with Bill and Ochan Powell
  • Understanding by Design with Jay McTighe
  • Microexpressions with Paul Ekman
  • Read Alouds with Maggie Moon
  • Cognitive Coaching with Bob Gramston
  • ESL/ELL Strategies with Gini Rojas
  • FossWeb Science
  • Response to Intervention (RTI)


  • “Language Through Games”, Tri-Association Annual Educator’s Conference, Dominican Republic, October 2019
  • “Multi-Sensory Learning”, Monterrey, Mexico, February 2018
  • “Building Academic Language through Content”, Bali, Indonesia, October 2014
  • “Tools for Understanding, Assessment & Teaching”, Bali, Indonesia, October 2013
  • “Co-Teaching in the Mainstream”, Bali, Indonesia, August 2013
  • “Raising Readers”, Bali Indonesia, December 2013, 2014
  • “Mother Tongue Maintenance”, Bali, Indonesia September 2013, 2014
  • “Raising Multilinguals” International School of Bangkok (ISB), Parent workshop, October 2011, August 2010, May 2010, August 2009
  • “Reading and Writing Workshop for Parents”, ISB, February 2010, December 2009
  • Co-Presenter, “Educational Collaboration”, European Council of International Schools (ECIS), Madrid, Spain, November 22-25th, 2007
  • “Public Speaking for Non-Native English Speakers”, Carol Morgan School, Dominican Republic, March 2006


  • Published Article:  “Take a Multilingual Moment.” International Educator, Oct. 2010
  • English as an Additional Language Program Review Committee, ISB 2009-2013
  • Faculty Advisory Committee, Carol Morgan School, 2004-2005
  • Tenured Teacher awarded in California 2002
  • Two time Grant writer/recipient from Marin County Rotary for Literacy projects, 2000, 2001
  • Project Manager for Women’s Health Education, Todos Santos, Guatemala
  • Three published photographs for BBC, slide four, slide three, slide seven

Professional Interests
Multiculturalism, 21st century technology integration, curriculum development, visible thinking routines, data, collaboration, neuroscience

Personal Interests
Travel, fly-fishing, baseball, cooking, dancing, hiking

Conversant in Italian, Spanish; basic French, Portuguese, Thai

Favorite World Locations
Montana, Paris, Himalayas, NZ, Mozambique, Thailand

Interesting Fact about Susi:
Susi still holds 3-top-ten performance records for track and field from her former high-school days.

references upon request


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