Susan E. McLaughlin-Jones, EdD

Transformational Leadership & Culturally Engaging Instruction

Vita Evidence

FCEA 2013 High School Teacher of the YEAR

Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
    University of Kentucky, 2012
  • Master of Education, Educational Administration
    University of Kentucky, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics Education
    Saint Vincent College, 1995


  • Kentucky Principal Statement of Eligibility K-12
  • Kentucky Teaching Certificate, Physics
  • Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, Physics
Student senior ACT scores; up from 8th grade EXPLORE score

Student senior ACT scores; up from 8th grade EXPLORE score

Skills and Assets

  • Prepare diverse clientele for Career and College Readiness, including successful ACT prep lessons
  • Merge artistic expression with technical and engineering activities (SCAPA/ Pre-Engineering)
  • Develop next-generation digital instructional resources in collaboration with Discovery Education
  • Integrate technologic and instructional practices to increase student achievement
  • Network  and collaborate with competitive science and engineering schools nationwide
  • Cultivate and sustain a risk-safe environment through innovative teacher leadership (FRANC)
  • Develop vision, implement sustainable plan to achieve objectives, and analyze data to assess outcome

 Awards and Honors

  • 2013 FCEA High School Teacher of the Year
  • 2014 FCEA Nominee to KEA
  • 2012 Nominated, Dissertation of the Year, AERA-LSI
  • 2010 Scottish Rite Fellowship Grant
  • 1991 U.S. Coast Guard Special Operations
  • 1991 U.S. Coast Guard National Defense—1st Gulf War

Presentation of dissertation at defense. (Click to view)

Presentation of dissertation at defense.
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Affiliations and Associations

  • Mid-South Education Research Association (MSERA)
  • International Symposium on Education Reform (ISER)
  • National Science Teacher Association (NSTA),
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • Kentucky Education Association (KEA)
  • Fayette County Education Association (FCEA)
  • Framing Reform in Achievement through a New Conversation (FRANC)
  • starPEO (Philanthropic Education Organization), Kentucky-C


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