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Suzan Nelson is the program director of the Masters of Science in Education program. For the past eight years she has been an adjunct faculty member. Her past experience includes 33 years as a school teacher and school librarian where she served as a member of the high school’s “Shared Leadership Team.”
She also worked as part of a teacher corps grant to work in the Old Town, Maine, school system and for the University of Maine doing media projects. Upon completion of the grant, she was hired to teach reading and English in the school where she had been working under the grant.
She has since enjoyed a long career in school librarianship: eight years as a middle school librarian, three years as librarian for five elementary libraries and 20 years as a high school librarian for the Portland and Falmouth school systems. She did take a 10-year break from education while I worked as manager of public affairs for a local cable company. Many years ago she was given the opportunity to join a cohort group in the “Leaders for Tomorrow’s Schools” program created by the University of Southern Maine in conjunction with the Casco Bay Alliance Association (CBEA). Cohort members had varying educational goals, ranging from administration, and masters degrees and certificates of advanced study. Professionally she has served in many offices, including that of president of the Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL).