Susan Nations is the Principal of Wilkinson Elementary School in Sarasota. She is also an author, national literacy consultant and former Reading Specialist with more than 30 years of experience. She is the co-author of Intermediate Literacy Stations, Primary Literacy Centers: Making Reading and Writing STICK!, More Primary Literacy Centers: Making Reading and Writing STICK! and So Much Stuff, So Little Space: Creating and Managing the Learner Centered Classroom all published by Maupin House. Susan has also written over 250 teacher’s guides for the Weekly Reader Early Learning Library.
Over the years, she has worked as an Intervention Teacher and Reading Specialist in Hillsborough and Sarasota County School Systems in both Title I and non-Title I schools. Susan received National Board Certification in Early to Middle Childhood Literacy in 2005. Also in that year, Susan was selected as Sarasota County’s District Teacher of the Year. In 2009, Susan represented her school as Literacy Teacher of the Year.
In addition to her site-based job, Susan has served as a presenter to community groups on shifts in education and literacy acquisition for young children. Over her career, she has presented at many local, state, and national conferences including the North Carolina Regional ASCD Conference, Florida Reading Association Conference, The International Reading Association National Conference and the Staff Development for Educators (SDE) National Conferences She has also provided customized literacy training for schools and districts around the United States.
Susan lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband Don. They have five adult children who keep them very active! And now they have three grandchildren as well who are pure joy! Susan and her family have a variety of interests including traveling, reading, community service and the arts.