Hi, I’m Suzanne – I’m currently located in Hainan, China and am passionate about creating meaningful connection, belonging, and security in my classrooms.
Everyone has the capacity to become their potential. This is the foundation of my teaching practice. Background, experience, ethnicity, socio-cultural roots, language, intellectual and emotional capacities, and desire are all woven into the fabric of our learning potential while creating space for self and others.
Teaching international students, and professionals from all walks of life the past 22+ years has inspired me to live my truth and always keep learning. I was born and raised in northern Saskatchewan Canada and named “Mah-Nis-Da-Gee” (Woman of Many Tribes) by Blackfoot Elders and 苏晓蝶 (Beautiful, Dawn, Butterfly) by my Chinese colleagues. These names have shaped my identity as an educator, mother, and grandmother. I am living my best life and in 2018 I fulfilled a lifelong dream and finally travelled to visit classrooms in Huatulco, Mexico and Tanzania, Africa. I moved to Beijing, China at the end of 2019 and worked in Wall Street of Beijing as a corporate trainer to top level executives at Fortune 500 companies. Currently I am in Hainan, China and teaching high school students at the Chinese School rated #2 overall in China for our International Department.
With two adult children who are university educated and gainfully employed, I am a proud mother and Kokum (grandmother) of high performance children in studies and athletics. For my own personal development, I have been studying the Chinese language (traditional characters and pinyin) and plan to write the exams for HSK language levels to be certified. In my free time, I am dedicated to my meditation practice and am an aspiring yogi. Being in a tropical environment I enjoy water sports and spend as much time at the beach as possible. I share space with my fur babies, 盼盼 “Pan Pan” (Beijing Street Kitty) and Cathy (Golden Retriever) and live each day to its fullest.
You are welcome to message me anytime to connect and share what you are doing to live your best life to become your potential. I am available to discuss opportunities and to collaborate and share.
“Suzanne’s passion for what she teaches comes through in her openness as she shares from her personal life lessons. Her professionalism and expertise are gifts that demonstrate her strength and knowledge as she provides tangible tools to assist the learner. Suzanne creates an environment that generates possibilities for effective and positive change.”
— Diana S., Executive Director
“Suzanne is very clear and concise with what she wants and is highly adaptable. She isn’t afraid of work and learns at a ferocious pace which enables her to effectively get work done and do so with passion. An expert in her field she is not one to hoard knowledge, in fact she is quite the opposite and her teaching heart comes through immediately with the way she attacks the challenge of passing on what she knows to whomever is willing to learn. Combine that with a thirst for innovation and love of technology and you get someone who will transfer her knowledge to you while at the same time encourage and energize you”
— Tyler W. , Emerging Instructional Technology Lead