Dr. Susan Marie Sibert

Susan SibertProfessor 

Contact Information

Office: 328 Davis
Phone: 724-357-3023
Email: smsibert@iup.edu

Academic Qualifications

  • DEd Administration and Leadership Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • MBA St. Francis University
  • MEd Administration and Leadership, St. Francis College
  • MEd Counselor Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Secondary School Counseling Certification, Frostburg State University
  • English as a Second Language Certification, IU-01
  • BS Elementary Education, University of Pittsburgh

PA Department of Education Certifications

 Instructional 

  •  Cooperative Education Coordinator (7-12) 
  •  Elementary Education (K-6) 
  •  English (7-12) 
  •  Family and Consumer Science (K-12) 
  •  Library Science (K-12) 
  •  Marketing and Retailing (K-12) 
  •  Reading Specialist (K-12) 
  •  Safety and Driver Education (7-12) 

Educational Specialist 

  •  Elementary School Counselor (K-6) 
  •  Secondary School Counselor (7-12) 
  •  English as a Second Language (K-12) 

Administrative  

  • Elementary Principal (K-6)
  • Secondary Principal (7-12) 
  • Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility (K-12) 

Research Interests

  • Literacy
  • School leadership
  • Teaching with technology
  • Use of technology in pre-service teachers scheduling

Courses Taught

Doctoral Courses (9) 

  • ALS 802 Leadership: A Case Study Approach 
  • ALS 803 Applied Leadership 
  • ALS 858 School Law and Negotiations 
  • ALS 881 Managing the Organization 
  • ALS 883 Analysis of Qualitative Data in Leadership 
  • ALS 897 Research Synthesis 
  • ALS 898 Internship and Administrative Leadership Studies 
  • CURR 940 Emerging Technologies in Education 
  • CURR 798 Curriculum and Instruction Internship  

Master’s Courses (11) 

  • EDAD 756 School Administration 
  • MEDU 764 Educational Change and Technology (co-taught with Dr. DeAnna Laverick) 
  • MEDU 765 Curriculum, Assessment, and Reflection 
  • MEDU 766 Teacher as Leader (co-taught with Dr. Sue Rieg) 
  • EDAD 798 Principal Internship 
  • FDED 581 Trends in Today’s Pre-K- 12 Schools 
  • LTCY 600 Foundations of Literacy 
  • LTCY 635 Literacy in the Inclusive Classroom – 2 credits 
  • LTCY 635 Differentiated Literacy Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Learners – 3 credits 
  • LTCY 701 Literacy Assessment and Acceleration 
  • Special Workshop for International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) – Instructional Technology (co-taught with Dr. George Beiger) 

Undergraduate Courses (11) 

  • ACE 103 Digital Instructional Technology 
  • ECED 280 Maximizing Learning: Engaging all Pre-K to Grade 4 Learners 
  • ECED 310 Science, Health, and Safety for all Pre-K to Grade 4 Learners 
  • ECSP 112 Typical and Atypical Growth and Development (Co-taught with Diane Sobolewski) 
  • ECSP 340 Introduction to Classroom and Behavior Management (Co-taught with Dr. Mariha Shields) 
  • ECED 451 Literacy for the Developing Reader: Grades 2 – 4 Learners  
  • EDUC 442 School Law   
  • MIDL 221 Literature for Middle Level 
  • MIDL 222 Reading Instruction and Assessment in Grades 4 –8 
  • MIDL 321 21st Century Literacies for Diverse Leaners 
  • MIDL 422 Diagnostic and Remedial Reading  

Undergraduate Supervision Courses (4) 

  • Pre-Student Teacher Supervision I:  Urban Track, Early Childhood/Special Education and Middle Level Certifications 
  • Pre-Student Teaching Supervision II:  Urban Track, Early Childhood/Special Education and Middle Level Certifications 
  • EDUC 461 - Student Teaching Supervision:  Urban Track, Early Childhood/Special Education, Middle Level and Elementary Education Certifications 
  • ECSP 440 – Student Teaching Professional Seminar: Teacher as Researcher and Advocate for Pre-K to Grade 4 Learners

Personal Narrative

I am a learner, a teacher, and a teacher educator, as well as a mentor and a mentee. I am both a leader and a team member, as well as a child and a parent. In those ever-changing roles and others, gratitude plays an important part of my daily life; I am most grateful for my students and colleagues, who support my growth as I work to support theirs.

My grandparents immigrated to this country, entering through Ellis Island, unable to speak English. Exactly 57 years later, the daughter of their youngest child began teaching English to middle level students. I marvel at and am grateful for the opportunities I have been given on the backs and hard work of my parents and grandparents. My story is not unique. Many students at IUP are first-generation college students who work in addition to attending classes.

Having a sense of humor is important in our work as students and educators. Kindness and care of others is an underpinning of our service work to our constituents and to each other.

Undoubtedly, days will turn into weeks and months, then years. Time goes by as we learn and work together. Looking at challenges gratefully and as opportunities for growth is something to embrace and to model for our students!

Quotes help us to frame our work and lives. Below are few of my favorite quotes:

Dedicated to my father and mother, who wanted me to be a brain surgeon. I exceeded their expectations. I became a scholar and a teacher.
Harry K. Wong, dedication of his book, How to be an Effective Teacher: The First Days of School

Never look back, unless you are planning to go that way.
Henry David Thoreau

Do not hurry; do not rest.
Goethe

Students and faculty in Professional Studies in Education