Suzanne Smith

Social Worker

I am honored to be the school social worker at Compass Montessori Golden.  I bring to Compass 10 years of experience in the mental health field and 11 years of teaching experience.  My Master of Social work is from the University of Michigan. Go Blue! My clinical background includes experience working with children and their parents in an outpatient clinic, children’s psychiatric hospital, early head start, and child protective services.  

 

My mental health experience is grounded in 11 years as a teacher in Eagle County Schools.  My interest in outdoor education motivated me to teach skiing part-time at Beaver Creek and to start a wilderness program for chemically dependent adolescents in Cody, WY.

 

In 2013, I completed the Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies (ALPS) with Principal’s license at the University of Colorado Denver.  My focus during the ALPS program was on the needs of unique learners.  After graduation, I served as the assistant principal in a K-8 charter school in Cherry Creek School District.  Part of my responsibilities as assistant principal included acting as the site based coordinator for the special education team and the lead for the creation of Advanced Learning Plans for students identified as gifted. The ALPS program allowed me to build upon my undergraduate degree in Economics with coursework in Elementary Special Education with a Special Education practicum at the Boston College Campus school.  

 

My Montessori experience began as a parent of a preschooler. I was drawn to the Montessori principles of children-directed work, multi-aged classrooms, peace education, and teachers that serve as guides. I was seeking a school community that is organized around the development of the whole child (cognitive, social, emotional and physical).  An educational environment where students choose

 

I hold a Colorado School Social Worker, Teacher (Elementary/SPED/GT), and Principal’s license.  I am rounding out my licensure with Montessori training at MECR in Boulder.  

 

One of my greatest joys is to work with students to remove barriers to academic achievement.  I strive to guide students to recognize their strengths and value in our community.