About Susan
SUSAN ENGEL was born in NYC in 1959. She grew up on a farm on the eastern end of Long Island, and attended Sarah Lawrence College. She earned her doctorate in Development Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Though she has been teaching college for over 20 years, she also has taught children aged 3-18, as well as adults. She is Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and Class of 1959 Director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College. Her research has focused on the emergence of narratives, children’s autobiographical memory, imaginative processes in childhood, and the development of curiosity. Her work appears in chapters and articles for scientific publications, and she has also written for teachers and parents. She has published three books, and her fourth, Red Flags or Red Herrings will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2011. She is the co-founder of an experimental school in New York State, where she oversaw all aspects of educational practice, including developing curriculum and supervising the teachers for 14 years. In 2007/8 she published a series of columns in the New York Times describing how teachers solve problems, and in 2009/10 she published four op-ed pieces in the New York Times. She is also currently serving as director of learning and teaching for a public school district in Western Massachusetts. She lives with her husband Tom Levin, in New Marlborough Massachusetts. They have three sons, Jake, Will and Sam.

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