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Susan graduated with a degree in Ecology and Systematics from San Francisco State in 1981 and pursued graduate work in limnology at Uppsala University, Sweden. This was interrupted when she accidentally fell into teaching and joyfully stayed, working in private and public high schools in Northern California and Utah. She completed her Master’s degree in Science Education from Montana State University where her studies focused on the role of student affect in science course success. Susan Berrend is the Science Chair at Pacific Bay Christian School in Pacifica, California and has taught in a number of public and private schools in California and Utah. Her graduate work was in limnology at Uppsala University, and later in student motivation in science at Montana State University. She has been involved with the AP* Environmental Science exams since 2000 as both reader and a table leader, and has had the honor of being a consultant in Environmental Science since 2005. Believing in teaching as an ever-developing craft, Susan has recently incorporated her students' service learning projects into the AP with WE Service program, and she is eager to share her experiences in this opportunity for AP courses. She stays busy dabbling in calligraphy, backpacking, gardening and being a fantastic dog aunt.
Susan spends her summers exploring the wide variety of workshops and opportunities available to science teachers. In recent years, this included the American Chemical Society’s program on green chemistry, and participating in the Earthwatch Institute’s teacher-in the-field program. Susan has been an AP* Environmental Science exam reader and table leader for the past 18 years, and a College Board consultant for 13 years.