Summit science teacher is finalist for prestigious Presidential Award

Summit Biology teacher Karen Suder

Summit Biology teacher Karen Cruse Suder is a 2019 Ohio state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

Summit Biology teacher Karen Cruse Suder is a 2019 Ohio state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  

The award, established in 1983, is the nation’s highest honor for science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers of students in kindergarten through grade 12. Each year, up to 108 teachers are recognized for their deep content knowledge and ability to motivate their students. Recipients receive a paid trip to Washington, D.C. for recognition events, $10,000 cash award, a signed certificate from the President of the United States and the prestige of joining a select group of educators who demonstrate excellence for their didactic and professional contributions. To date, more than 4,800 teachers have received this award. State finalists are considered for this national recognition. 

Mrs. Suder’s teaching career at The Summit Country Day School spans 16 years. She is the curriculum coordinator for the science department and is co-moderator for Modeling a Protein Story (MAPS) at The Center for Biomolecular Modeling at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. She serves on the Curriculum Leadership Council and facilitates a biannual summer science seminar to the Hawaiian Islands. 

Her long list of accomplishments led to her finalist standing for the PAEMST award. She has a bachelor’s of science in Biology and Secondary Education with a Chemistry minor from Mount St. Joseph University and a Master of Art in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati. She is a published author in the field of forensic science, a textbook reviewer and an Advanced Placement (AP) Biology mentor to new AP teachers nationwide. Her awards include Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2009, the Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012 and past PAEMST recognition as a state finalist in 2011. For a full list of her awards and achievements, view her biography.  

Mrs. Suder adopted the words of Greek philosopher Plutarch, “A mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to ignited” to inspire her work as an educator. She also cites her own teachers and colleagues at The Summit as mentors to her career in education and science.  

“Karen’s contributions to The Summit’s science faculty are exemplary,” said Kirstin McEachern, Ph.D., Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs at The Summit. “Karen’s pursuit of educational and professional development demonstrates her dedication to teaching and to the advancement of science. Her knowledge, skills and contagious passion are great motivators for our students to continue their education in this discipline. Karen is a worthy candidate for this award.”  

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