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Susan Lane

Hello, I’m Dr. Susan Lane.

I have been an art teacher for over 31 years in the New York State public school system. Over this long career, I have taught students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade in addition to teaching online high school art courses, a couple of college courses, and hosting numerous graduate-level student teachers.

I received my B.S. degree in Art Education from SUNY Oneonta, an M.S. degree in Education from Elmira College, and an Ed. D. in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. Earning my Ed. D. gave me the confidence to serve in a variety of District and State leadership roles, including: District Arts Department Chair, New Teacher Mentor and Mentor Coordinator, Instructional Coach, Faculty Association Representative, NYSATA Advocacy Chairperson, NYS Media Arts Standards Writer and Standards Trainer, NYS Content Advisory Panel Member, and Teacher Center Board Member.

Up until about three years ago, I spent most of my career teaching Studio Art, drawing, painting, ceramics, computer art, traditional and digital photography, film, animation, and game design. I also taught online digital photography and AP Art History. I felt confident and comfortable in what I taught and how I managed my classroom. So, when an opportunity arose to teach at the district’s elementary building, I took it, thinking it would be a great way to round out my experience. Little did I know how much I would learn from it! Many of the classroom management strategies I mastered at the middle and high school levels were ineffective at the elementary level; success required a higher level of preparation and organization. I felt like a beginning teacher all over again and had to dig deep into research and practice to re-discover what worked best for managing, guiding, and inspiring young children.

My recent experience reminded me how important it is to share knowledge and experiences to help others succeed in new and challenging teaching environments. I am reminded of how rewarding teaching is, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with others.

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