Introducing Susan Reed
Sue Reed joined the faculty in September and has enjoyed a long career in early childhood education. She has a BS in early childhood and elementary education from Syracuse University, an MS in infant/toddler behavior and development from Wheelock College and a graduate certificate in early language and literacy from USM. She directed the lab school at Westbrook College from 1987-98 and taught in the early childhood degree program. She began working at the Muskie School of Public Service in 2000 as the director of the Accreditation Facilitation Project, which assists family, center-based, and school-age child care in reaching national accreditation (now a requirement to reach Step 4 in Maine's Quality Rating System). She was the director of Maine Roads to Quality, the state career development center for 2 years. For the past 7 years she has directed two Early Reading First grants. These were multi-million dollar programs targeted for teachers of children at-risk for school failure. She worked closely with teachers in Portland, Biddeford, Lewiston and Auburn to transform good classrooms into classrooms of excellence using a comprehensive, research-based curriculum.Sue lives in Portland with her husband and son, Torin, who is a senior in high school. Her older son, Calum, is a senior at Bentley University. Sue loves to knit, read and walk her two Goldendoodles!
Please see Susan Reed's Op-ed piece in Portland Press Herald about preschool and early childhood education, bringing attention to our EC Studies and certification in SBS at LAC: