Raptor Migration: Local, Cooperative and Global


Susan Baranek

B.S in Biology, Cedar Crest College, 1985
M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Lehigh University, 1988
Teacher Leader Program at Lehigh University, May 2009

Susan Baranek During the first sixteen years of her career, Susan taught Biology and General Science at William Allen High School in Allentown, PA. There she developed opportunities for her students to acquire the background skills, and motivation needed, to truly understand scientific concepts. Additionally, she became adept at creating lessons that provided a contextual approach to learning. In January of 2003, Susan left this urban district, moving onto teach for two and one half years at Lower Macungie Middle School in the East Penn School District. Susan continued to develop ways to present complex scientific concepts such that all students were able to master them - like providing her students with visual information and a wide variety of hands-on experiences. In 2005, Susan acquired a teaching position at Parkland High School in Allentown, PA. In addition to becoming the Science Department Chairperson at Parkland, Susan also took the role of instructing courses in Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Biology. She recently developed a course entitled, "Energy and Society," and work on ways to integrate technology into her classroom lessons. Key to her teaching is providing students with a global perspective of the biology concepts learned.

Susan can be reached at: baraneks@parklandsd.org.