Posted August 9, 2016
Susan Van Zant is a Senior Educational Services Specialist with CORE. She holds an MA in curriculum development from Northern Arizona University and an Ed.D in educational leadership from Alliant University in San Diego. Susan taught reading prior to her appointment as school principal. As an informed elementary and middle school principal for 27 years in the Poway Unified School District, she worked with teachers to present well-defined reading and math programs, which led to increasingly high achievement scores for all student including those with disabilities. Four of the schools where she was principal were recognized as California Distinguished School and three went on to be identified as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Susan served as president of the San Diego California Association of School Administrators, was president of California Elementary Principals, and served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals. Susan taught leadership courses for two universities in San Diego. In recognition for her achievements Susan was selected to be a National Distinguished Principal, the California Educator of the Year, and is a Milken Educator Award recipient.
Susan enthusiastically works as a district and site advisor serving with kindergarten through twelfth grade educators in urban, suburban, rural, and isolated reservation school settings throughout the United States. Susan’s knowledge of core reading and intervention programs combined with extensive experience working with populations of English learners, and students with disabilities helps to ensure that student achievement levels improve at the schools she serves. Susan is co-author author of Words for Academic Writing: Vocabulary Across the Curricula and E-Solution, an extension of the Six Minute Solution. In addition, she has published articles in educational journals and on-line blogs related to effective classroom management strategies, small group instruction, community relations, and using assessment data to drive instructional decisions.