Suzanne C. Carothers
Professor of Early Childhood Education
Suzanne C. Carothers is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Here she has served as Director of the Undergraduate Childhood/Childhood Special Education Program and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Prior to assuming her position at NYU, she was a Professor of Elementary Education at The City College of The City University of New York in Department of Education. Formerly, as the Adult Literacy Program Director in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York during the Ed Koch Administration, Dr. Carothers coordinated the New York City Adult Literacy Initiative. At that time, it was a ground breaking effort which was in the forefront of the movement to provide literacy instruction and services for adults with limited reading, writing, and English speaking skills. A graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, she received her Masters Degree from Bank Street College of Education, and her Ph.D. from New York University. In 2001, Bank Street College of Education awarded her an honorary doctorate for outstanding achievement as a teacher, leader in education, and mentor.
Dr. Carothers has done extensive teacher training and staff development work in a variety of settings for more than 30 years. Her work has included developing early childhood curriculum materials, conducting process-writing workshops, and giving papers and presentations on educational and women's issues. As a teacher of early childhood, she taught three-year-olds for several years at the Bank Street School for Children, the Lab School of Bank Street College of Education. Her work with the three-year-olds resulted in the development of a filmstrip called Children Can Cook. This teacher training filmstrip helps teachers understand the thinking and process involved in planning for the developmental needs of young children by using cooking activities as the core curriculum. The Rationale for the filmstrip became her master's thesis.
As a teacher of children and adults, Dr. Carothers has taught undergraduates, graduate, and doctoral students. In her education foundations courses, to human development and curriculum courses, as well as seminars, she engages her students in inquiry based learning opportunities. She has also developed programs for parents, children, and childcare workers in collaboration with community agencies – programs that build on the resilience and strength of those for whom the programs are designed. For 15 years, she has supervised student teachers at the Children’s Workshop School, a New York City Public Elementary School on the lower Eastside in Alphabet City. It is her long-standing relationship with the teachers, principal, and children which enable her to work in collaboration with the School in having prospective teachers experience theory to practice in a real school setting.
At Teachers College Columbia University, Dr. Carothers is on the summer faculty of the Summer Principals Academy, the Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership. In her work there, she prepares school leaders to lead in the diverse settings in which they find themselves – the kind of leaders who can promote equity and access for all children.