Susan Tate has taught for 16 years at Whitehall Middle School, currently teaching 8th grade Earth Science. She serves as the advisor for the Environmental Club, the school’s Lexus Eco Challenge teams, and the GreenScreens Environmental Film Festival, chairs the Green School Committee, and is a member of the school and district improvement teams. Susan has been involved with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative for seven years, and through this program her students create and implement place-based environmental stewardship projects with the help of community partners such as the Michigan DNR, the Muskegon Conservation District, and the White Lake Sustainability Network. Susan has been a Regional Director for the Michigan Science Teachers Association for the last three years, and was recently appointed to the NSTA Science Matters Advisory Board.
Outside of teaching middle school science, Susan enjoys traveling, meeting new people, nature photography, and learning more about sustainability. A highlight of her career was her March 2013 trip to Antarctica with the environmental advocacy group 2041. She agrees with 2041 founder, Sir Robert Swan that, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Her favorite penguin is the Adelie. Susan lives in West Michigan with her husband Brad and children, Allison and Brady. You can find her on Sunday nights watching The Walking Dead to do research for her Zombie Science elective class.