MED, University of TN, Knoxville
Suzie worked at Tyner High School for 6 years, teaching mathematics and home economics. She found herself staying after class frequently counseling students, so she went back to school and got her master’s degree in secondary school counseling.
She then took a position as a guidance counselor at Ooltewah High School and eventually became the director of guidance. After several years of doing more administrative work than she preferred, she went back to school again and became certified as a school psychologist. She worked predominantly in the Ooltewah area and at Ooltewah High School for the next ten years. Finally, she retired from the Hamilton County Schools and is thrilled to become part of Baylor’s faculty.
As a school psychologist, Suzie is a professional who specializes in both mental health and education, who provides services that help students succeed academically, emotionally and socially. She is trained to identify and address a wide range of barriers to school and community success, including learning disabilities, cognitive deficits, behavioral difficulties and emotional stressors.
Youth today often experience mental health and health-related problems that can limit their ability to learn, participate in activities, socialize, concentrate or even attend school. Suzie consults with teachers, parents, and administrators about problems in learning and behavior. She evaluates students’ needs for accommodations and interventions and is the College Board SSD coordinator. She also teaches in the Leadership Baylor program.
She has thoroughly enjoyed the learning environment at Baylor. The cultural opportunities, interesting chapel speakers, and gorgeous campus have been very uplifting. “I really enjoy coming to work every day! The faculty, students, and parents are all so friendly and appreciative.” Suzie lives in East Brainerd with her husband, Greg, and is a mother and a grandmother.