Alumni Days at Shakespeare, June 2014.
Sue Houston (’80, elementary education) is the Program Coordinator for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program at Southern Utah University where she is the lead professional development partner to 19 specialists that serve 26 schools in Iron, Washington, Piute, Sevier and Beaver counties.
At the conclusion of each spring semester, Sue puts on a second hat as the assistant director for ArtsFUSION, a program offering professional development to classroom teachers, students and an interactive art camp for children.
What does she like best about working at Southern Utah University? “The people,” she responds. “We have an opportunity to reach out from the Education Department and work with every college on campus. I find it extremely interesting to speak with others from different backgrounds and find that employees here are willing to go the extra mile.” She also loves being around university students because, “They are full of hope and enthusiasm.”
Sue started her undergraduate work in the fall of 1973, took time off to start a family and returned as a single parent to complete her degree in 1979. She readily recognizes the encouragement and personal attention from her SUU professors and other staff members, including help from the financial aid office, for making it possible to earn a bachelor’s degree. One professor in particular, Dr. Kent Myers (’51), made a lasting impression with his stimulating and difficult classes. “But his actions were louder than words. His integrity was impeccable,” she states.
When it comes to accomplishments, Sue is most proud of her family. But professionally, she cherishes the times she watched her elementary school students make small improvements in overcoming hurdles. During her SUU experience, personally knowing Beverley Taylor Sorenson was a life-changing event that continues to inspire her.
Sue is married to Dennis, a chemical engineer that makes her laugh more than once each day. She is the mother of three daughters and one stepson, and grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren.