Susan Costello Tennyson

Susan Costello Tennyson joined World Savvy as our Chief Program Officer in September 2019. With over 20 years of experience in education and administration, she has served as a school counselor/psychologist, director of student support services, and administrator in teaching and learning. She served the Cairo American College (Egypt) learning community from 2004-2012.  Most recently, as an administrator in Edina, Susan was tasked with advancing global competence education across the district after it was identified as an essential skill and added to the Edina Public Schools Profile of a Graduate. Partnering with the Edina Ed Fund and an anonymous donor, Susan was able to support 10 educators through the Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program designed by World Savvy.  These teachers then became anchors for the practice, providing leadership and professional development to other educators.  Susan was also able to facilitate several World Savvy Classroom experiences with Edina Public Schools, and served as a general volunteer and judge with World Savvy Classrooms. She is incredibly excited and honored to now be a part of World Savvy and lead the program team during this exciting time of growth.

Susan holds a B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies, M.A. in Professional School Counseling,  Ed.S. in Counseling and Psychological Services, and completed a K-12 Principal licensure program. 

In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading – for both personal and professional purposes – baking, and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoys travel and has travelled all over the world with students, with her most memorable experience being a travel-based learning experience to an orangutan refuge in Borneo. However, she intentionally lives in Minnesota because of the rich diversity the Twin Cities metro area offers.  Susan is also an immigrant from Ireland and would consider herself a “third culture kid,” which makes her especially aware of the necessity for the mindset, values and behaviors that make up global competency. She is excited to be living in a time where it is no longer considered “nice” to be globally competent, but essential.

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