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Montgomery Suzi

Program Director
Downtown, Salt Lake City
Suzi Montgomery is an educator with over a decade of experience. For seven years she served as the Executive Director of Higher Ground Learning, a creative tutoring and mentoring center focused on customized learning models. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and a Masters in French Literature and Teaching from the University of Utah. Her work in journalism and the documentary arts ties her diverse interests and experience together: she is currently the Senior Producer of SQ Radio- a science radio show on Utah Public Radio and the Program Director for SHIFT, working to support other educators and students integrating digital media arts into the classroom. Emily is originally from Memphis, TN. She attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she earned a B.A. in International Affairs and Anthropology and then later earned a M.A. in Social Studies and Global Education at Ohio State University. Emily’s adventurous spirit has led to travel and teaching experiences in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. As a member of AmeriCorps, she taught at Heifer International’s ranch in Arkansas, and in North Carolina, she facilitated outdoor education programs. In Costa Rica and Fiji she led community service and cultural immersion programs for U.S. students and in Southern Africa and Central America she taught at a traveling high school. Her experience also includes teaching in traditional classrooms in schools in Memphis, TN, Columbus, OH, and Alexandria, VA. In the classroom, Emily uses various technologies to teach content and empower students to take ownership of their learning and loves the challenge of figuring out new ways to engage students. Emily is committed to innovative education and creative teaching methods that improve student achievement. She joined SHIFT in 2009 and is thrilled to be part of a forward-thinking instructional team dedicated to inspiring teachers and administrators.