Susan Stoya recently retired after having served 34 years as an educator in urban, suburban and rural schools. Susan was a special education and Reading Recovery teacher and teacher leader in the Glens Falls City Schools and a building administrator and central office administrator serving the Ballston Spa and Greater Amsterdam School Districts. Susan served for 9 years as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, training teachers in over 14 districts in the region regarding best practices in early literacy. In her administrative roles, Susan facilitated curriculum mapping and development, coordinated intervention programs, developed an Early College High School Program, Out-of-School Suspension program and Pathways programs. Susan also wrote and secured over 4 million dollars in competitive grants, including the Carol M. White PEP grant, The Smart Scholars Early College High School grant, Stem and ELL grants.
Susan’s most recent role was as Director of Secondary Instruction in the Greater Amsterdam School District. In addition to leading curriculum and instruction at the secondary level, Susan supervised the music, art, library and guidance programs, supervised curriculum and program leaders, and collaborated with Centro Civico, St. Mary’s Hospital, local governmental leaders, community agencies, HFM BOCES and regional colleges and universities. Susan assisted in increasing STEM initiatives within the district and developed FIRST, FLL, VEX and summer Robotics programs and coordinated three annual regional FLL Competitions at Amsterdam High School, in collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Susan has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading from The University of Albany and a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Study from St. Joseph’s College. Her passion is working with teachers and administrators to improve student achievement for struggling learners.
Best Practices in Literacy (K-12)
Curriculum Mapping, Analysis and Development
Programs for At-Risk Students
Mentoring New Administrators
Grant Writing and Management