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Susan Edgar-Lee
Susan Edgar-Lee
Director of Curriculum Development

 

Susan has broad experience in education, science and travel. Wanderlust, combined with decades of literacy and language learning advocacy, fueled her journey to Scholastic Expeditions (SE). Her areas of focus ensure SE customer satisfaction. A BS in Biochemistry from UC Davis enabled an early stint as scientist at a biotech startup. (1)  

Susan went on to become a high school science teacher. Improving materials and lab opportunities was at the center of her classrooms. Earning an MS in Education from Cal State East Bay, Susan mentored many colleagues along the way. Teaching AP Biology, she tripled the number and success rate of students’ rigorous learning as measured by the College Board. Empowered by innovative curriculum (2), Susan led a successful drive for wider access to college preparatory pathways in the Livermore, CA school district.    

 

An outdoor enthusiast, Susan believes collaborative learning and experiential education are building blocks to produce accomplished citizen scientists. Her students pioneered SE’s popular exploration trip to the Channel Islands. This unique coastal site was chosen because it offers many chances for discovery learning in a richly diverse Pacific marine ecosystem. Susan also led students on a comparative SE journey through Costa Rica and Panama, where anthropology collides with ecology in two beautiful but very different rain-forested countries. After a successful career in public education, Susan has the opportunity as SE Curriculum Development Director to dive deeper into her particular passions. She is committed to both protecting our natural legacy and exposing future generations to educational experiences inside and outside the classroom, as SE offers a world of opportunities to shape 21st century learners.

 

 

1 R.E. Smith, J.W. Talhouk, E.E. Brown, S.E. Edgar, “The Significance of Hypersialylation of Dipeptidyl Peptidase IV (CD26) in the Inhibition of Its Activity by Tat and Other Cationic Peptides.” AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, vol. 14, no. 10, pp. 851-868, 1 July, 1998. 

 

 Dr. Angelica Stacy, UC Berkeley chemistry professor, in association with the Lawrence Berkeley Hall of Science, Living By Chemistry, W.H.Freeman &Co., 2012.  

 

  • Susan Edgar-Lee
    Director of Curriculum Development