Suzanne Rundio Heap

Suzanne Heap

Title: Elementary School Educator (Retired)

Location: Coronado, California, United States

Suzanne Heap, Retired Elementary School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art, music and mathematics education.

Ms. Heap retired from teaching after decades of providing her students with care and the skills they needed to excel. For the majority of her career, she taught within the Chula Vista Elementary School District and taught students as young as kindergarten up and as old as sixth graders. With versatility and the ability to make every lesson an exciting prospect, she instilled in her students a hunger to learn more and appreciate the knowledge they had acquired. She was certified as an elementary teacher for K-8 in the State of California, as well as certified in Level 1 of Orff-Schulwerk National Association. In addition, she was a consultant of the bargaining team for the Chula Vista Education Association.

Ms. Heap first pursued her own education at Mary Washington College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1957. She continued with coursework at the California Western-United States International University before receiving a Master of Arts in education from Azua-Pacific University in 1978. She considers one of the highlights of her career to be living in Japan for two years. While studying the Japanese brush painting, she explored the subject with her students and was fascinated by the materials being used which included the ink from an all-natural carbon-based substance. Her students were also very interested in the work and became great painters who had their art displayed at the State Department of Education in Sacramento, CA.

In recognition of her contributions to education, Ms. Heap has received a number of awards. These include receiving the We Honor Ours Award with the San Diego County Service Center Council from the California Teachers Association in 1991 and being the recipient of an instruction grant from ORFF Instrumentarium. She was also selected as an Olympic torch bearer in the 1984 Los Angeles summer games. In her career, she maintained professional affiliation with the American ORFF-Schulwerk Association, the California Retired Teachers Association, the National Science Foundation, the Math Institute, the Crown Garden Club, the Flora Associations of San Diego and Coronado and the San Diego Horticulture Society. She has volunteered with a variety of civic organizations including the University of California Cooperative Extension, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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