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Susan Garrison


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B.A., Elementary Education and Reading, Kean University
Teaching Credential, Multiple-subject, State of California

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For over 30 years, Susan has dedicated herself to creating engaging, joyful learning experiences. As a student of mindfulness, Susan incorporates the practice into her daily morning meeting to set a tone of peace and kindness that guides our interactions. She has taught grades kindergarten - fifth at both private and public schools and designed hands-on learning opportunities that challenge children’s thinking and cooperative learning skills. One of her favorite learning experiences is the Science Fair in which students work in pairs on any topic of interest to them, follow their curiosity, and freely explore.

Most recently, she taught fifth grade at Blue Oak School in Napa, where she worked for the past eight years. Her classroom expanded beyond the four walls where students learned that math applies everywhere, whether it’s the speed of the river, shadows created by the sun, or the design of a building. She is confident that working with children is what keeps her young. Susan loves living in the Mission District with her husband, Dr. Greg Garrison, who teaches science at the AVS Middle School Campus. They spend their free time camping, sailing, hiking, and traveling across the country. ​