Hi! I am Susan Hunsinger-Hoff, candidate for our Hatboro-Horsham School Board.
I am a long-time resident of Horsham and Hatboro, spending the first 21 years of my life in Horsham. I am a retired educator and current resident of Hatboro. I began my professional career in the Philadelphia Public School System, teaching 4th grade in North Philadelphia, and later serving for 42 years as a teacher of 5th grade at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington. I also taught for 11 of my 44 teaching years in the Master’s Degree Program at Chestnut Hill College, as adjunct professor of curricular technology to prospective reading specialists and master teachers.
Throughout my work as curricular technology coordinator, I received numerous grants through which I pursued a variety of topics, including electronic portfolio assessment, skills-based hands-on instruction through interactive whiteboards, digital citizenship, differentiated math instruction, multicultural view of American history, literacies in an interdisciplinary curriculum, and the integration of mobile devices into the K-12 curriculum. I presented at international, national, and local conferences, including the International Society for Technology in Education, The Delaware Valley Reading Association, and the National Staff Development Council.
Since my retirement in 2014, I have remained active in the educational community. I served on the Advisory Board of The Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL), “a national content center established to work with regional comprehensive centers and state education agencies and build their capacity to stimulate, select, implement, and scale up innovations in learning.” In 2016, CIL published my work, a “Practice Guide” entitled Personalized Learning with Digital Devices that describes best practices and presents innovative ideas for personalizing instruction through the use of mobile devices.
I currently hold the position of Vice President in charge of charitable giving for the Woman’s Club of Suburban Philadelphia, a nonprofit group that supports the educational, emotional, and physical needs of children in Montgomery and Bucks Counties.
My Signature Issue: Digital Citizenship
I want to work with Hatboro-Horsham Schools to keep our children safe, both in the actual world and the virtual cyber world. I have much experience in developing K-12 curriculum that addresses the scope and sequence of skills needed to be happy, successful, and safe as digital citizens.
During my last two years of teaching I chaired a K-12 committee on “Digital Citizenship," working on curriculum that addressed topics such as online privacy and security, media literacy, online communication skills, cyberbullying, internet safety, self-image and online identity, relationships, and reputation. I believe these topics need to be addressed throughout the K-12 curriculum in every discipline and unit of study to assure a happy and healthy future for our children… and our country!