Susanna Defever

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Title: Language Educator
Location: Anchorville, Michigan, United States

Susanna Defever, Language Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in language arts.

Ms. Defever was motivated by a number of factors to become an educator. At first, her mother impressed upon her the value of teaching, and she first set her sights on elementary-level education. When in college, her professor of Shakespeare saw her potential in secondary educator and encouraged her to go even further with her aspirations. Early in her career, she taught English, journalism, and drama at Lakeview High School between the years of 1956 to 1960 and 1964 to 1965. In 1965, Ms. Defever joined the faculty of St. Clair County Community College as a teacher of English and composition. She became an adjunct teacher in 1971, and a professor of English and composition in 1977. She remained in this role until her retirement in 1995. In addition to these positions, Ms. Defever has served as a conference keynote speaker. President and member of the Liberal Arts Network for Development: A Consortium of Michigan Community Colleges.

In her own academic pursuits, Ms. Defever initially earned an AB from Central Michigan University before earning a Master of Arts from Wayne State University in 1963. She considers her highest achievements to be in the form of watching the success of her students and seeing their enjoyment in the subject matter. In addition, she is proud of her work with PATTERNS, a local college publication where students wrote and contributed visual art. In provided opportunities to experience live theatre and art such as the Statford Festival in Canada. Ms. Defever has received myriad accolades for her work, including the SC4 PATTERNS Lifetime Achievement Award from St. Clair County Community College, the Leadership Award from the Liberal Arts Network for Development: A Consortium of Michigan Community Colleges and the National Institute of Staff Organization Development Excellence Award for Teaching from the University of Texas at Austin among others.

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