Susanne Peña has been an educator in the K-20 setting for over 20 years. She started her career as a teacher in Title I schools in the New York City Department of Education. She has served as District Coordinator for ESL, Bilingual Program & World Languages for the Amityville Union Free School District. In addition to monitoring the implementation of regulations, she supervised and assisted teachers (grades K-12) to align curriculum and instruction to meet the rigor of the CCLS (Common Core Learning Standards) and Bilingual Common Core Language Arts Progressions. She also served as an instructional coach, supervisor, and evaluator of bilingual and ENL (English as a New Language) teachers at Amityville School District and was the Dual Language Program Coordinator (PK through 8th grade) at PS/IS 180M in Harlem, NY. Ms. Peña has also held the position of Adjunct Instructor at Brooklyn College for Bilingual and Multicultural Education.
She has also held the position of Director/Project Manager for the Dual Language STEPS (Support Through Technology Enhanced Programs and Strategies) Grant at the University of Central Florida.
Ms. Peña is the lead education consultant at SMP Education Consulting and a project member of Florida International University Creating TLC grant from the Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition. She is currently the President of the Florida Association for Bilingual Education (FABE). She is also pursuing her doctorate in Adult Education with a concentration in Social Justice at the Kansas State University.