苏珊 Sterman-Jones Named Next Dean of the 7th & 八年级
苏珊, who is the JK-12 drama curriculum coordinator, has taught at Grace for 24 years, teaching drama and health and wellness in the 新太阳集团app. She has been deeply involved in the life of the school, putting on two incredible shows per year (a play in the fall and a musical in the spring), she has been an 顾问, 领导一个CGC小组, co-founded the middle school student GSA, and co-directs the JK-8 Christmas Pageant. She has served on the faculty committee for three terms and led domestic and international trips, including ones to Japan and France.
Before she went into education, 苏珊 was an actor and a teaching artist in NYC. She worked in public school classrooms all over the city, running theater programs and teaching playwriting. She was also the director of a City Center playwriting program and worked with actors from all over the world to develop theater based on the real lives of people who lived in the tenements. During her time at Grace, 苏珊 has produced just shy of 50 productions. When alumni visit campus, many reminisce about their time in the theater department and the shows they were part of.
Head of 新太阳集团app Elsa Hepner said of 苏珊’s appointment, “In her role as the middle school theater director, 顾问, 和老师, 苏珊 cultivates safe spaces for her students where they can know and be their authentic selves and which inspire deep and meaningful learning. I know she will continue to support our students in her new role, and I look forward to working with and learning from her as we partner more closely together.”
苏珊 described her deep roots in the Grace community. “The role of dean is a natural outgrowth of the work I’ve done as a teacher and 顾问. As a theater teacher I’ve had the unique opportunity to create relationships with students where I can create a safe and joyful environment for them that is deeply felt because we are dealing with emotions, 需要, 并希望. Being an 顾问 is similar, and I feel I’m at my best when I’m supporting students in this way. The dean role is a natural next step to continue laying this foundation of trust and security for students while also supporting the 顾问s 和老师s.”
苏珊 is also a long-time Grace parent; her twins are Grace lifers and will graduate from the 高中 this week. Her husband Scott has taken some of the most iconic photographs of Grace students in the past 15 years.
苏珊 holds a bachelor of fine arts in theater from Syracuse University and a master of science degree in educational theater at NYU. She describes herself as obsessed with NYC history, a lover of novels, a dedicated Peloton rider, an avid theater goer, and the owner of a Basenji named Porter.