Welcome to Room 115 at Quincy Elementary; classroom of Susan Hartzell, Vanessa Robinson.
I am known as Miss Susan to the children and I am a graduate of Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I began working for USD 501 in October of 2008 as a substitute for the preschool teachers involved in a literacy grant program. In February of 2009 I was hired as the full-time teacher in one of the classrooms at the Capper location. At the end of the 2010 school year the classrooms as Capper were relocated and I was moved to Quincy Elementary. Before joining the 501 family, I worked as lead teacher at Christ the King Early Education Center in the full-day year-round preschool classroom.
I am a native Topekan, the middle child between two brothers, and the proud dog-parent of a Sheltie named Shelby and a Cocker Spaniel named Dezzi. I also have 3 nieces and 1 nephew, all human. I enjoy traveling, reading and helping with activities at my church.
The children call me Miss Vanessa, and I am the Para-professional in the classroom. I have worked at Quincy for 6 years and I attended Quincy as a child. I have only one sibling, a brother, who also attended Quincy. I love the outdoors and recreational activities: camping, hiking, kayaking and geocaching. I have a black lab named Betsy and a black cat named Skittles. I am attending Washburn University working toward my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
We strive to make our classroom a learning environment that is fun and welcoming through literacy development, math, handwriting, music, science activities, and child selected center play/learning.