Susan Engel: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Susan Engel

Developmental Psychologist & Education Expert

Susan Engel is Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and Class of 1959 Director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College. She has taught all ages from preschool through graduate school, including the last twenty years at Williams, with visiting positions at Smith, and Bennington Colleges. While at Bennington, she developed a master of arts in teaching program that included certification for preschool through high school teachers.

Engel is the author of The Stories Children Tell and Context is Everything: The Nature of Memory and Real Kids: Making Meaning in Everyday Life. She has published chapters and scientific articles on child development and education. She has also written for teachers and parents. Her latest work is Red Flags or Red Herrings: Predicting Who Your Child Will Become.

Engel is the co-founder of an experimental school in New York State, the Hayground School, where she oversaw all aspects of educational practice, including developing curriculum and supervising the teachers for 14 years. In 2007-2008 she published a series of columns in the New York Times describing how teachers solve problems, and in 2009-2010 she published four op-ed pieces on education in the New York Times.

Engel’s research has focused on the emergence of narratives, children’s autobiographical memory, the imaginative processes in childhood, the development of curiosity and education.

Engel grew up on a farm on the eastern end of Long Island, and attended Sarah Lawrence College. She earned her doctorate in Development Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She lives with her husband, Tom Levin, in New Marlborough Massachusetts. They have three sons- Jake, Will and Sam.

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