It is hard to believe that I have served as a teacher and administrator in Greenville County for 12 years! My journey to education was non-traditional as I had completed an undergraduate degree in biology and another in visual arts (painting). During my undergraduate studies, I was privileged to work in unique settings like the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ and Binney & Smith (Crayola) in Easton, PA. I experienced a wide variety of opportunities, such as how to operate on sea turtles and how new products are brought to market. After graduation, I became a researcher for Minerals Technologies and Specialty Minerals, Inc. During my five year tenure with SMI, I worked with my team of scientists and chemists to develop new products for the paper and printing industry. Our team used the engineering process to create new ideas, collect data on thousands of lab trials, conduct full scale trials and then develop the product to be sold. Remember the photographic paper for ink jet printers? That was one of our projects! Although I am A LOT younger in this cover picture from the Specialty Minerals Annual Report, it shows the scientific process in action.
After working with the Girls in Science Initiative, I was drawn to education and I have never looked back! I have had the opportunity to serve as an administrator at Alexander Elementary, Greenview CDC and as the Principal of Greenville County Schools six Child Development Centers. I am so excited to join the A. J. Whittenberg team and to be a part of such an amazing school. My husband, Scott, is an 8th grade History teacher and Athletic Director at Bryson Middle School. We have three children (Ashley-15, Collin-13 and Ryan-8). During my personal time I enjoy reading, painting, sports of any kind and spending time with my family.
I look forward to meeting everyone and if you have the chance to stop in and introduce yourself, please do so!
Dr. Susan Stevens