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Susan Gerstner

Primary 2/3 Teacher

I have a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy from Concordia University, St. Paul. I completed my bachelor's degree in History and Elementary Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I've spent the first part of my career teaching 2nd grade in Minneapolis. After moving to Louisville, I found Virginia Chance School in my quest for the best schools for my oldest daughter. From the moment I discovered this school, I was in love.

Progressive education is the type of education that is sought after by most educators and what I wanted for my children. The Progressive Pedagogy allows teachers to guide and cultivate the whole child—their creativity, problem-solving skills, empathy, and their ability to cooperate and communicate with others as rising global citizens. Being a School of Compassion has allowed our students to step outside themselves and understand what it actually means to be a proactive, compassionate global citizen. I love this about Virginia Chance, and I love that I get the opportunity to help children understand the world around them!

As I embark on my second year at Virginia Chance and my sixth year as an educator, I am still in awe at what this school has to offer. From our whole child based classrooms to our outdoor learning spaces, we continue to use our surroundings to promote a well-rounded education. With the help of our beautiful grounds, our students are encouraged to use imaginative play with their friends, whether in the woods or on the fields. As an educator, I am always looking to nature to inspire our learning and imagination.  

When I'm not at school, I spend my time with my husband and our daughters Charlotte and Elliott. We love exploring Louisville as a family! We also have two (very large) Golden-doodles, Bernie and Ziggy, who keep us very busy!