For over a century, the New York Academy of Public Education has built its stellar reputation on the distinguished scholars, past and present, who are its members. For the past several years I have used this newsletter to acknowledge those members who have made outstanding contributions to this educational organization. Today it is my pleasure to once again acknowledge such a woman, and long-time member.
Susan A. Barnes is a native of Little Rock Arkansas. After graduating from Philander Smith College in her hometown, Susan moved to New York City, where she earned a master’s degree from the City College of New York and a second master’s in school administration from the College of New Rochelle. Susan has served at an adjunct professor at Fordham University and the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Susan is a consummate professional, with an incredible background as a teacher and administrator. She joined the New York City Board of Education as a teacher before being named an assistant principal. For the past fifteen years Susan has served as principal of P.S. 112, the Bronxwood School. It was a match made in heaven. “This is where I am supposed to be…these children need me,” Susan would tell anyone who asked. Susan worked with community leaders, local, state and national politicians to bring resources to Bronxwood. She brought Bronxwood into the twentieth Century and, more importantly, in the process changed the lives and futures of many children. Bronxwood became a school not only that children are proud of, it is also a place where they want to be. See, Susan accepted the responsibility that the principal is key in promoting the welfare and well-being of her school. During her tenure she worked with public officials to make sure that students in the Edenwald community received grants for technology and the arts. Susan’s professional contributions have impacted the lives of many students, staff, and parents. She has a gift for building winning teams and successful collaborations.
Susan also has served as a Council of School Supervisors and Administrators vice president for CSA, as well as a member of the NAACP and the Black Caucus of CSA. She is a lifetime member of the NCNW, and a member of AFSA. She is a director of NYAPE and a member of NAESP. She is a past president of NYCESPA, and sits on the board of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz’s Elementary School Consortium. She is a proud Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
In addition, Susan volunteers to serve meals to her less fortunate Edenwald residents. Susan’s tireless efforts have earned her many honors and awards.
Susan told me that she drew on her passion and integrity in maintaining her core educational goals in the face of nay-sayers and educational road blocks. She is grateful for the time she spent with the children and families of the Edenwald community and thankful for the support of her staff. Susan is especially proud of her three children Latiffanie, Whittney and Ulysses. She pledges to continue to work towards excellence and strive to be a model of professionalism. As an invaluable New York Academy member, Susan continues to share her personal experiences and wealth of knowledge with us all.