Susan Markush

biology instructor, Greenfield Community College
Worthington, MA, United States

About Susan


Academic Background:

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Master of Education: Biological Sciences
Thesis: What Does it Mean to be an Effective Science Educator?

Nova Southeastern University
Post Graduate Physician Assistant Program
Bachelor of Science: Biology/Allied Health

Teaching Background:

Susan has been an Adjunct Instructor at Greenfield Community College in the Biology Department since July 2011. While working on her Masters in Education, she taught Honors Biology, Genetics and Health Education at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. During that time, she also developed and taught a
nutrition education curriculum for adolescents in Massachusetts. While working for the Community Action Agency of Franklin and Hampshire Counties, Susan served as the Health Educator for over 300 staff members and 600 enrolled Head Start Families. As a Physician Assistant, she was a preceptor for Physician Assistant students from the University of Colorado as well as for local nursing and paramedic students during their emergency medicine clinical rotation. She has also been a certified ACLS and PALS instructor for physicians, nurses, paramedics and EMT’s. On a volunteer basis, Susan has worked with the non-profit group “One World’ teaching nutrition to children in public schools. For most of her adult life, she has taught English horseback riding to people of all ages and abilities.

Professional Background:

Prior to teaching at Greenfield Community College, Susan was employed full-time as the Health Manager and Health Educator for Parent Child Development Center where she focused on addressing issues of marginalized families facing educational disparity, health disparity and poverty. She continues to work as a consultant for the agency. Susan is a certified Physician Assistant who has worked in the emergency department of rural hospitals and was responsible for the entire scope of emergency medicine including diagnosing and treating traumatic, neurological, cardiovascular, surgical, infectious, orthopedic and pediatric emergencies. Because of her professional and clinical experience, she has extensive knowledge of human biology; from cellular level Anatomy and Physiology to complete body systems.

Teaching Philosophy:

Susan is passionate about teaching biology with a focus on developing critical thinking skills, communication skills and environmental awareness. Her priority as a teacher focuses on guiding her students to become enthusiastic and successful life-long learners who are valued by their community and future employers.

Research Interests:

Susan is very interested in science curriculum development, the neuroscience of learning and preventative health education. While attending Harvard, she initiated an independent research project in which she developed and taught a contemporary, inquiry-based nutrition education curriculum for adolescents in Massachusetts. This curriculum wove in anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, medical facts and environmental awareness in a way that proved to have a sustaining impact on teen’s knowledge and behavior concerning diet and nutrition. The participating schools, as well as the Director of the Massachusetts School-Based Health Centers, gave this program their highest praise. Subsequently, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health invited her to present her research and curriculum at his “Current Research” luncheon in Boston in April 2011. She would like to continue this project towards publication while working on developing other inspiring science curriculums.

Areas of Expertise

Anatomy and Physiology, Biology