Mrs. Suzanne Suris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Florida International University and a Florida Professional Teacher’s Certificate in Elementary Education (Kindergarten through Grade 6). She has taught ages birth through grade 8, both in the general education classroom as well as in dedicated music classrooms for 28 years. She has directed numerous children’s and youth choirs and bands, and has also presented at conferences for organizations such as the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Suzanne served as the Southeast Regional Representative for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association for 3 years, and has her certification in the Musikgarten curriculum, utilized in a variety of music education settings.
Suzanne currently is the Preschool and Elementary Music Teacher at Westminster Christian School. She has been a member of the Fine Arts Department faculty at Westminster for 12 years, and is also the Director of Worship at Redland Church of the Nazarene. She has been actively leading worship in churches in the South Florida community for over 25 years. Suzanne also plays flute and piccolo.
Suzanne believes that exposure to music and musical activities is critical to every child’s intellectual, physical, and social development. As the mother of a special needs child, she has seen first-hand the effect of music in the lives of challenged children and adults. Her experiences in teaching in the academic classroom, teaching music in early childhood, elementary, and middle school settings, and teaching and parenting children with special needs have given her a unique approach to incorporating music into every aspect of learning. Her 5 children and 2 grandchildren are all involved in musical activities and share their musical gifts through performance and other activities and experiences. Suzanne is looking forward to joining the South Florida Music team!