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Sue Byers

Antioch University Seattle

Sue Byers is the Director of the Urban Environmental Education MAEd program at Antioch University in Seattle, WA. Sue began her career in education at Seattle Public Schools (SPS) where she directed college access and readiness programs for middle and high school students and served as special project director in support of the Superintendent. Prior to joining Antioch, she served as Chief Academic Officer at the College Success Foundation (CSF) from 2001 – 2014 where she led the replication of the foundation’s programs in Washington State and the District of Columbia and provided oversight for the creation and delivery of college preparation and Bachelor degree attainment supports for over 6,000 low income and underserved youth in Washington State and the District of Columbia.

She earned her Master of Arts in Human Development with a specialization in Leadership in Education, Administration, and Supervision from Pacific Oaks College.

Educational History

  • Masters of Arts, Human Development (Specialization in Leadership in Education – Administration/Supervision), Pacific Oaks College, 1996
  • Bachelors of Arts, Liberal Arts (Specialization in Business Administration), Evergreen State College, 1987

Teaching Statement

I embrace bell hooks’ philosophy of teaching community as, “a mutual partnership model that invites an engagement of the self that humanizes, that makes love possible … love as a combination of care, commitment, knowledge responsibility, respect, and trust.”  (b. hooks, 2003)

  • Success and Growth for Students at Risk, Pacific Oaks College, 1996
  • Building Strong Coalitions through Effective Public Relations, Alliance, National Center for Urban Partnerships, 1994
  • A Successful Alternative to Traditional Education, The Journal of Negro Education, 1992.
  • What Strategies/Factors contribute to the Educational Success of Former Dropout High School Students, Teacher Leadership, 1991

Podcast Episodes

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MAEd Urban Environmental Education Program


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