Susan Pierson, Ph.D., came to Cabrini because she wanted an opportunity to advance the College’s mission.
In 1992, Pierson started teaching as an adjunct faculty member in Graduate Education, and in 2009 was appointed to the full-time faculty in the Education Department. Her son Michael, who earned a master’s in education from Cabrini in 2005, was a student in one of her classes.
In her 20 years at Cabrini, Pierson’s most formative experience was in June 2011, when she conducted staff development for teachers at Cabrini Ministries in Swaziland.
Several months later, in October, she co-presented a session concerning the Bridges to Swaziland partnership and its impact upon pre-service teachers to members of the Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. She also is active in the partnership with Cabrini Ministries in Swaziland and wants to learn more about global education and service learning.
In addition to leading staff development at Cabrini and in Swaziland, Pierson helps with English Language Learner training for field experience students and student teachers at the College.
“I am passionate about developing and implementing best practices for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students of all ages because I believe literacy is the pathway to a better life,” Pierson says.
Pierson is an advocate for Cabrini’s “education of the heart,” both in her teaching philosophy and in her personal life.
“I believe that everyone learns best when they are encouraged to participate with ‘head, heart and hands,’” she says. “We all need intellectual challenge, opportunities to serve others from our heart and through our knowledge, and lots of hands-on experiences, in and out of the classroom.”
With her husband, Bill, Pierson grows vegetables to help feed those in need. Also on their small farm in Landenberg, Pa., they raise chickens and ducks, and donate eggs to Catholic Social Services in West Grove, Pa.
Pierson volunteers her time to tutor English Language Learners at the school where she once worked full time for 34 years and at the Volunteer English agency, both in West Chester, Pa. She is completing her Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification through Drexel University.
Pierson earned a doctoral degree in literacy from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.
When she’s not teaching or volunteering, Pierson enjoys knitting and sewing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her “family” of field-bred springer spaniels, English cocker spaniels, free-range chickens, rabbits, and hand-raised ducks.
Contact Information: Susan Pierson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Education Grace Hall, Room 255 610-902-8325 firstname.lastname@example.org