Growing up in Weston, Connecticut, Susan Greene was drawn to helping people for as long as she can remember. To help support that dream, she spent one year at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and then transferred to Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. She furthered her education to earn a master’s degree in Reading from Boston College and another master’s degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She soon realized that K-12 education came naturally and participated in student teaching in the Boston area. Although challenging, student teaching proved to her that she made the right choice. She learned that seeing students take on difficult tasks and work hard to persevere was her favorite part of K-12 education and says that students are still what drives her. She learned early in her career that building relationships with students is the key to success and is a driving factor for achievement.
“Students who feel connected to teachers and challenged by the work thrive,” she states. “No matter where I have worked, that has been the thing that keeps me going.”
Before starting her fifteen-year career of teaching second, fourth, and fifth graders, Susan additionally taught middle school. She eventually relocated to Chapel Hill, serving students as an assistant principal in one district, and a curriculum specialist in another, before taking a position at University Instructors (UI). She joined the UI team in September of 2006, originally as State Director of the Raleigh, North Carolina office, where she first met current Educational Consultant, Kara Lewis, and Regional Manager of Field Operations, Etta Holmes. She says she considers herself lucky to be still working closely with Kara and Etta after thirteen years and enjoys collaborating with her many colleagues. She notes it is unusual and special to have so many team members together for such a long time.
Susan transitioned into the Director of Curriculum & Instruction, influencing and growing UI’s programming. Since she no longer has her own classroom, she works hard to be diligent in creating activities and schedules that are engaging and challenging for other students across the country. She decides on materials that are part of EPIC afterschool programs and summer camps and teaches others in the company about K-12 education and how to best respond to challenges faced daily.
“When I think about students participating in UI’s EPIC programs and having a different type of experience, one that is not boring and tired, it is very rewarding for me,” Susan says.
Susan says UI has evolved since her start with the company in many ways, including the team working to be more structured in programming. She believes UI has developed into leaders in the K-12 space, offering something magnificent to schools across the country, and thinks the work towards perfecting EPIC programming is UI’s biggest accomplishment. Mastering the content and delivery of an important component of K-12 education is paramount to UI’s success. She is confident EPIC will stand the test of time, and in the next twenty-five years the team will continue to frame what K-12 interventions look like to support districts with best practices that impact students positively. She additionally believes UI’s newest service, EdForce, will continue to grow and evolve as the team works continuously to supply the next generation of teachers and produce real change for students.