Suzanne C. Carothers
Professor of Early Childhood Education
Suzanne C. Carothers is a Professor in The Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, at New York University. Prior to assuming this position, she was a Professor at The City College of The City University of New York in the Department of Education, the Elementary Education Program. In her former position as the Adult Literacy Program Director in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, Dr. Carothers coordinated the New York City Adult Literacy Initiative, a groundbreaking effort which is 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 master's degree from Bank Street College of Education, and her PhD from New York University in 1987. Dr. Carothers has done extensive teacher training and staff development work in a variety of settings for more than 25 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, Dr. Carothers taught three-year-olds for several years at the Bank Street School for Children of the 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. Dr. Carothers teaches graduate-level early childhood and elementary curriculum education courses, and conducts undergraduate student teaching seminars. She has also developed programs for parents, children, and childcare workers in collaboration with community agencies. Most recently at their 2001 Commencement Exercises, Bank Street College of Education awarded Dr. Carothers an honorary doctorate for outstanding achievement as a teacher, leader in education, and mentor.