Susan Talbot

Director of Elementary and Secondary Education; Instructor in Education
"Teaching is a true application of the Liberal Arts. To be an excellent teacher, you need a rich knowledge base, a critical attitude, and a devotion to the issues that challenge our world and our students. As a teacher, you have the capacity to make a real difference, one student at a time. It takes tremendous commitment, skill, creativity, and love, but the rewards are great."
Macmillan 108

"Teaching, when done well, is an amazing process and I am fascinated by its complexity. Effective teachers have the power to design relevant learning experiences that can engage students in important, meaningful tasks-- experiences that produce rich understandings and help dispel the compliant and disinterested attitudes that frequently develop in so many students within our current system.

In addition to exploring the many attributes of excellent teaching, I am committed to supporting students and teachers as they develop the core values and practices that support inclusive education. It is important for teachers to begin to re-conceptualize classrooms in order to thoughtfully address the diverse needs of their students. It is more than a special education issue. Responding positively to diversity is a critical component of a healthy democratic society. It is a matter of social justice.

After spending more than 20 years in public schools as a general and special educator, I am excited to be working with pre-service teachers and feel the academic atmosphere and small class size at Wells supports the critical dialogues needed to develop thoughtful, knowledgeable decision-makers and change agents."


1974 B.S. SUNY Oswego
1980 M.S. Syracuse University

Courses Taught

Introduction to Teaching
The Inclusive Classroom
Managing and Motivating Classrooms
Elementary Methods: Teaching Math and Science
Instructional Strategies in the Secondary Classroom

Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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