As an educator and coach, what Susan Picker has come to care most deeply about is that students must be in a mathematics class where the clear message about math is: It is supposed to make sense!
Susan first taught mathematics at Brandeis and Murry Bergtraum High Schools, and then worked as a staff developer for the Manhattan High Schools Superintendency where she presented workshops, coached math teachers and piloted a new Discrete Mathematics course. She went on to coordinate middle and high school professional development for Community District 2 and then worked as a coach and mathematics specialist for grades 6-12 in Region 9. After more than 28 years with the NYC DOE, she continued her support to teachers in Math for America’s Early Career Fellowship where she provided coaching and workshops for the past five years.
Her experience also includes supervising student teachers and teaching as an adjunct professor at both New York University and Brooklyn College, and lead teacher and instructor at Rutgers University’s Leadership Program in Discrete Mathematics.
Susan received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Plymouth in Devon, England, and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College. She has presented workshops and talks in the U.S., The Netherlands, Spain, Germany and England and is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters.
Hi Susan, I wanted to thank you again for being my advisor/mentor this year. I feel my practice, pedagogy and overall classroom environment has grown this year with great thanks to you…It was a pleasure and you introduced me to many topics, techniques and ideas that I will continue to use as well... Sincerely and gratefully,
- Dana Rubcewich Urban Assembly School for Media Studies