Susan Drury, 1st Grade Teacher

Hi, my name is Susan Drury. It’s hard for me to believe that this is my twenty-second year of teaching First Grade at Saint Susanna School and I am very blessed to be here. I can’t think of anything better than to see all of the smiling faces of my students on the first day and getting to be help them become lifelong learners.
I am a country girl. I grew up on a farm in central Illinois with beef cows, sheep, and chickens. I am the oldest of seven children and I have five sisters and one brother. My Mom wanted to be certain that we would all have a job while in high school and college, so she made sure we could swim and passed our Lifesaving class so that we could get summer jobs. Actually we could not get our Driver’s License until we passed the Lifesaving test. I loved teaching swimming lessons, so I knew I wanted to become a teacher. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education with Early Childhood coursework. I began teaching preschool following college and soon realized that I wanted to teach Elementary Age children. I completed my coursework at I.U.P.U.I. for elementary education certification with Kindergarten Endorsement. I was a Preschool teacher, Teacher’s Assistant, and Substitute Teacher while my children were preschoolers. When my youngest child was in Second Grade, I began teaching full-time. I taught Kindergarten for one year at Saint Rita and then was fortunate to begin teaching First Grade at Saint Susanna.
Since I have been at Saint Susanna School, I have been on many committees and chaired the Language Arts committee for our School Improvement Team for the past six years. I have attended many workshops on increasing reading literacy and making math more fun. I love teaching about Science by learning about the life cycle of butterflies, having plants, insects, and baby chicks in my classroom. I especially enjoy our fall field trip when we are outside all day at the Apple Orchard and Corn Maze.
My husband, Dave and I have four children. Jennifer, Matt, Jacqueline, and Michelle. Our children are Purdue graduates and are all married now. We have been blessed with six grandchildren! They are all under five years of age, so it is very exciting time for us. All of our children live in other states, so we get to travel to visit them. I love to walk, work in my flower garden, read, shop and spend time with my family and friends. Two of my children live in Florida, so I also get some time walking on the Beach. I also enjoy Cardinal baseball and Colts football.
One of great joys of being a teacher is running into your former students and getting to hear about their accomplishments. I am looking forward to a great year!

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