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Dr. Susan Van Zant

Dr. Susan Van Zant (CA '89)

Senior Educational Consultant Southern California Regional Coach, CALI Reads project

Consortium for Reaching Excellence in Education, CORE
Oakland, CA

At the time of the Award, Dr. Susan Van Zant was:

Pomerado Elementary School
Poway, CA

Biographical Information

Dr. Susan Van Zant is a Senior Educational Consultant. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development from Northern Arizona University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Alliant University, San Diego. Dr. Van Zant taught reading prior to her appointment as school principal. As an elementary and middle school principal for 27 years in the Poway School District, she worked with teachers to present well-defined language arts and math programs, which led to increasingly high achievement scores. Three of the schools where she was principal were National Blue Ribbon Schools.She has served as a CORE Educational Consultant since 2002. She works with educators in urban, suburban, and rural school settings throughout US. She's the co-author of Words for Academic Writing, a vocabulary-writing development program, and the Six-Minute Solution Plus, a fluency and comprehension program.

Personal Message

I am currently researching and piloting different approaches to meeting the needs of all students, especially those who are not currently meeting full academic and/or social success within the school setting. I welcome any ideas or suggestions that might help me design programs to meet the needs of these students.

Additional Information


2000 National Blue Ribbon Schools, Meadowbrook Middle School

1999 California Distinguished Schools, Meadowbrook Middle School

1997 California Distinguished Schools, Morning Creek Elementary School

1995 Award of Excellence, A Lamba Theata, Beta Beta Chapter

1994 National Blue Ribbon Schools, Morning Creek Elementary School

1990 National Blue Ribbon Schools, Pomerado Elementary School

1988 Distinguished Principal , US Department of Education & National Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals

1987 California Distinguished Schools, Garden Road Elementary School

California Distinguished Schools, Morning Creek Elementary School


1982 United State International University, Ed.D. in Administration

1974 Northern Arizona University, M.A. in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

1965 California State University - Long Beach, B.A.


Co-author, <i>Six-Minute Solution Plus</i>

Co-author, <i>Words for Academic Writing</i>

Reading , Language Arts K-12, Effective Teaching Strategies, School Leadership, Collaborative School/Grade Level Meetings, Use of Assessment to Make Instructional Decisions