Suzanna Flood is the director of the Teaching Pathway. The Teaching Pathway is a unique program for students interested in pursuing a career in teaching. This program prepares undergraduate students to enter an alternate route to teacher certification program as defined by the State of Michigan once they graduate from The University of Olivet. The director of the Teaching Pathway is responsible for providing leadership and oversite in the development, coordination, and monitoring of the program.
“I am thrilled to use my love and passion for education as the director of the Teaching Pathway at The University of Olivet,” Flood said. “This program is excellent for The University of Olivet and the students because it addresses the teacher shortage in our state and provides students with great opportunities to give back to their community. A student can graduate with a bachelor’s degree and become a full-time teacher with the assistance of an alternative route to certification program. The students will get hands-on experiences right away at The University of Olivet through classroom observations, volunteer work, and even internship experiences.”
Flood retired from Olivet Community Schools in 2019 after 28 years of service. She taught English Language Arts to middle school students, served as the English Department chair and developed English Language Arts curriculum, as well as supervising student teachers and advising student clubs and organizations. Flood also served as an adjunct professor at The University of Olivet from 2008 to 2012, teaching English for secondary education majors and mentoring students interested in becoming a teacher. Flood served as an adjunct instructor of writing at The University of Olivet from 2019 to 2021. In addition, Flood is an alumna of the College, earning both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Olivet.
In addition to leadership and oversite, Flood collaborates with local school districts and alternative route providers to facilitate an innovative opportunity to pursue a career in teaching. She also leads the advisory council for the Teaching Pathway, which guides the development, implementation and assessment of the program Finally, she advises students, coordinates service learning opportunities and oversees cooperative education experiences.