Title: Science Volunteer
Affiliation: Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Location: Hebron, Ohio, United States (Spring-Summer); Naples, Florida, United States (Fall-Winter)
Susan Leach Snyder, science volunteer at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in youth and adult education.
Bolstered by more than five decades of experience, Ms. Snyder has cultivated a fulfilling career as an educator. Now retired from full-time teaching, she previously taught students as a life, Earth and physical science teacher at the Upper Arlington Schools in Ohio from 1975 to 2000. Today, she remains active in her field as a science volunteer at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, where she has operated since 2000, acting as a docent in the Discovery Center, developing educational information for other docents and staff, performing scientific research, and developing a website of over 1000 lifeforms inhabiting a gopher tortoise preserve. The Conservancy recently named her Volunteer of the Year in 2018. At the onset of her career, Ms. Snyder served as a general and health science teacher for the Columbus Public Schools between 1971 and 1973. Ever committed to her industry, she also previously participated with several pertinent organizations, notably working with the National Marine Educators Association in several key board positions between 1984 and 2006. Throughout her career, she has presented workshops for other teachers around the world.
As part of her vocational journey, Ms. Snyder pursued her own formal education, originally earning a Bachelor of Science in comprehensive science education at Miami University in Ohio in 1968, and membership in several honoraries, including Phi Beta Kappa. She subsequently continued her studies at the University of Hawaii, where she achieved a Master of Science in entomology in 1970. In addition to her academic credentials, she is also certified to teach grades seven through 12 in the state of Ohio. Having long dedicated herself to teaching and civic advocacy, and having also authored and coauthored hundreds of scholarly texts and scientific papers over the course of her career, Ms. Snyder has been honored with numerous accolades to commemorate her achievements. Most notably in 1984, she received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Marine Educators Association; in 1987, she was recognized as the Ohio Teacher of Year and one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year; in 1991, she was a recipient of a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science in Math Teaching from the National Science Teaching Association; and in 1992, she received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Geological Society of America.
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