Suzi is a Phoenix native and a member of a long time established family in the Tempe area. Early on in life, she knew that her destiny was going to be working in a classroom with children. After graduating from Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, she went on an adventure to Denver, Colorado to continue her education. She graduated from Regis University with a B.A. in elementary education and promptly started teaching for Denver Public Schools. Her desire to come home to be closer to her immediate family brought her back to the valley where she began teaching in the Mesa Unified School District. After 23 years in the district, she moved on to teaching and mentoring in the Cave Creek School District. She received her Master’s Degree in Bilingual-MultiCultural Education and was even awarded the Silver Apple Award from Channel 3.
She chose to retire in 2010 and began working as a Curriculum Specialist with Pearson. Missing that one on one connection with children, she returned to the classroom in the Creighton School District where she is currently an educator at Loma Linda Elementary School. Suzi enjoys attending professional sporting events (especially Diamondback games), trying out new restaurants, gathering with friends, traveling near and far and of course spending as much time as she can with her four children (left to right) Alexis, Garrett, Marcus and Marissa.