Brookhaven, GA, January 31, 2017 – Posted by Anna Williams for The Post – Susan C. Hansen (Sue) has been named the new Executive Director of the Atlanta Montessori International School. The school is right on the edge of Brookhaven and many of the children who attend are from the City. Finding her passion in working with and educating children more than 20 years ago when she created and founded a camp for children with autism, Sue has nearly 15 years of experience in school administration and has served as Assistant Head of School at Mount Pisgah Christian School and Vice President for Finance and Operations at both Marist School in Atlanta and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School of Indianapolis.
In seeking a more direct connection to the students, she also taught accounting for over 10 years and coached cross-country. Sue is trained to help people in financial crisis with counseling and advice. In addition, she taught Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point to adults at the Monday Evening Series.
Sue believes that giving children the best possible education as early as possible gives them the best opportunity to excel. She led three very successful Infant – Preschool programs over the past eight years, introducing strong programs and partnering with dedicated teachers and staff. Sue is a certified School Director for the State of Georgia through Bright from the Start. Developing and leading educational programs has been the most rewarding aspect of her career.
- In 2011, she played a key role on the Feasibility Study Board that founded and started Cristo Rey of Atlanta. She then served as their volunteer CFO for their first two years. Cristo Rey is a high school located in Midtown Atlanta and serves diverse students who are financially disadvantaged.
- As founder of the Early Learning Center at Marist in 2008, she developed and led an infant to preschool program for the faculty and staff, allowing the parents to continue to work at the school. She also led a staff/faculty peer mentoring program for over 10 years.
- As volunteer founder and director of Camp Awareness in 1996, she created a camp experience program for children with autism. This program became the largest camp in the United States and served over 1,000 children for over 10 years.
- Sue is trained in sustainability and she brought the Green Cup Challenge to Atlanta in 1998, a high school competition for lowering the use of electricity each year. She is also a trained facilitator on Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson and has led several parenting classes.
- Sue has IEP (Individual Education Program) and 504 (Other Health Impaired) training to help children with special needs in an advocate role. In addition, she ran Circle of Friends for middle school children with learning differences to help them establish and foster friendships.
A strong believer in giving back to the local community, Sue served on the board and then as president for the Arc of Georgia, an organization committed to all people with developmental disabilities. She was also a member of the steering committee for Insight, an enthusiastic sobriety program in Roswell, Ga., that helps children with addiction. In addition, she chaired the Finance and Policies Committee that was instrumental in the effort to make Dunwoody a city in 2010. She serves on the Board of Directors (and past Board Chair) for Sophia Academy in Atlanta.
Sue has also previously held the positions for the U.S. Air Force Accounting and Finance department in Germany and has also worked in corporate finance. She graduated from Indiana University Kelly School of Business and earned her Indiana Certified Public Accountant license. She is an accomplished speaker for the National Business Officers Association and served as an adjunct accounting professor for Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.
Sue and her husband Mike have 2 sons, Sean and Zachary. She is a lifelong learner who loves gardening, reading, repurposing furniture, painting, cooking, writing poetry, writing, making crafts and Pinterest. Sue and her husband also give back to the community by working with children in addiction. They have opened their home over the last few years to young adult addicts in recovery at Insight, that need a place to live while they stayed sober.
Atlanta Montessori International School is located at 1970 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. Find out more here.