Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Cook College/Rutgers University; many years later, she returned to school and received a post-bachelor’s teacher certification in elementary education with subject specialization in middle school English from Montclair State University. She is currently working toward a master’s in English with a concentration in screenwriting from Southern New Hampshire University.
Susan worked for many years in the publishing industry as an editor and writer. While raising her sons, among other things she wrote teacher materials for Scholastic and ran her own after-school enrichment program.
Susan taught late elementary and middle school English Language Arts at public schools in urban and suburban districts. Among her credentials she received tier 1 and 2 training in collaborative problem solving by ThinkKids.org at Massachusetts General Hospital in Cambridge.
Susan was the co-founder of Maplewood Community Music and plays trombone as well as bass in its concert band and swing band. She has three children and two step-children ages 17 through 27; her youngest son is graduating high school in June.
Susan is also an avid runner along with her husband. In the year Susan turned 50 years old, they began the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge by running one half marathon per month each in a different state.