"Having the opportunity to work with aspiring teachers is very rewarding. I equate this experience with that of a first grade teacher who experiences the joy of teaching students to read and write. As I guide students through a learning process which embraces Robert Marzano's Dimensions of Learning, I am provided with the pleasure of watching them turn theory into practice and evolve into a teacher. The close connections that I have with students in the Wells Education Program, is also very important to me. Because Wells supports low student-teacher ratios in the classroom, I am provided with the opportunity to help students develop to their greatest potential."
Susan Wansor joined Wells College in 2002 to teach the reading and writing courses required by NYS for childhood and adolescent certification. She has 15 years of teaching experience at the elementary level. Beyond classroom experience, she has also worked as a K-6 reading specialist and a K-8 reading coach. She holds NYS permanent certification in nursery, kindergarten, grades 1-6 and reading grades K-12.
In the field of education, Professor Wansor believes that teaching and research go hand-in-hand. In order to grow as an educator, one must be a life-long learner. For her, action research is beneficial when identifying ways to improve practice. This method of research allows educators to look at their specific population, identify strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan that will promote growth within the school.
Professor Wansor also believes that literacy instruction must be integrated into all areas of learning. She supports a comprehensive approach to teaching literacy that integrates reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills at all levels. Her goal is to provide students with the skills necessary to develop into teachers that are passionate and committed to making a difference in literacy instruction. When students receive certification through Wells College, Professor Wansor wants them to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to immerse students in literacy, model literacy strategies and skills, provide guided practice, continually assess students' abilities, and develop the love of reading and writing.
1988 B.S. SUNY Fredonia
1995 M.Ed. Towson State University
- Using Children's Literature in the Classroom
- Balanced Literacy I & II
- Reading & Writing in the Content Areas I & II
- Student Teaching