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Dr. Susan Trauschke-Webb Adjunct Professor

Dr. Susan Trauschke-Webb

"Leadership is learned and experienced in all areas of our lives. Seek out opportunities to utilize the knowledge gained in your courses and research to enhance your leadership skills and make a difference in your classroom, school, home, faith-based organization and community."


Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision (Urban Education and Policy Studies) – Florida International University, 2005
  • Educational Leadership Core Certification Program – Nova Southeastern University, 1996
  • MS in Elementary Education – Nova Southeastern University, 1995
  • BS in Elementary Education – University of Florida, 1980

Career Highlights:

I worked in K-12 education for over 32 years including 17 years of classroom teaching experience (K–Grade 8) and 15 years as an elementary school assistant principal and principal.

For the past 11 years, I've had the wonderful opportunity to share my leadership experiences as well as teach and learn from my graduate students as an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University.

In 2009, I was appointed by the Commissioner of Education to serve a 4-year term on the state of Florida Department of Education Race to the Top Teacher & Leader Preparation Committee (RTTT-TLPC), which developed the Florida Principal Leadership Standards and the higher education program evaluation for approved educational leadership programs.

From 2007–2009, I was part of a group of principals who were given the opportunity to travel and represent Miami-Dade County public schools at several conferences including the National Board Certification Conference (Washington D.C.), the National Reading First Conference (St. Louis, Missouri), the International Reading Association Convention (Toronto, Canada), and the National Association Elementary/Secondary Principals' Conference (Seattle, Washington).

In 2005, I attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals' Center Leadership Program: An Evolving Vision.

Links to share:

Trauschke, S. L. (2005). The effects of school mobility in pre-assessment grade levels on student performance and school accountability in urban Title I schools (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3190963/

What do you want students to learn in these classes?

  • Apply basic instructional leadership theory that enhances instructional capacity and maximizes student learning
  • Differentiate and apply leadership standards, skills and competencies
  • Evaluate his/her leadership capacity as it relates to problem-solving, implementing change, and ethical decision-making

What advice would you give to those considering this degree program?

Leadership is learned and experienced in all areas of our lives. Seek out opportunities to utilize the knowledge gained in your courses and research to enhance your leadership skills and make a difference in your classroom, school, home, faith-based organization and community.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in this field?

Having a strong passion for teaching and learning, commitment to excellence, self-awareness and confidence, effective communication skills (written, verbal and non-verbal), effective problem solving and decision making skills, and the ability to work together to make a difference for your students.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

I was a "Dial a Teacher" and taught on a live educational television program for several years

During my sophomore year, the medical team at UF refused to clear me to compete on the gymnastics team due to permanent damage to my right ankle. Over 30 years later, I took up long distance running and ran five full marathons and over 35 half marathons in a period of four years.

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